Many children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness or housing insecurities may also be affected by substance use disorders. Moreover, this vulnerable population dealing with one or both of these co-occurring issues often come into contact with the child welfare system. This page offers information about the experiences of families affected by substance use and homelessness, in addition to information on relevant interventions.
Addressing Housing Needs of Your FDC Clients; and Supportive Housing: Critical Need for Treatment Court Clients [Presentation Slides] (PDF - 1,552 KB)
Clodfelter & Roche (2012)
Discusses the specific housing needs of clients involved in family drug courts, such as basic housing standards, the need for recovering clients to have safe housing, Federal and Department of Mental Health rent subsidy programs, and ways to avoid housing crises. Offers housing tips and positive parent-child outcomes reported from a program for children and families.
A Review of Interventions for Substance Use Among Homeless Youth
Research on Social Work Practice, 23(1)
Summarizes existing evidence from fifteen studies on interventions used to address substance use problems among homeless youth. Evaluates the effectiveness of different interventions, such as individual-focused therapies, family therapy, shelter-based healthcare and housing programs.
Ecological Correlates of Substance Use in African American Adolescents Living in Public Housing Communities: Assessing the Moderating Effects of Social Cohesion
Nebbitt, Lombe, Yu, Vaughn, & Stokes (2012)
Children and Youth Services Review, 34(2)
Describes how exposure to violence and other risk factors, such as peer behaviors, increase during adolescence. Specifically analyzes the connection between adolescent risk factors and early exposure to alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use.
Experiences Associated with Intervening with Homeless, Substance-abusing Mothers: The Importance of Success
Slesnick, Glassman, Katafiasz, & Collins (2012)
Social Work, 54(7)
Discusses the experiences of providing housing and supportive services to shelter-recruited, substance-abusing homeless women with young children in their care. Offers recommendations for how to work with and handle the chaotic nature of the clients’ lives.
Family Housing Matters Program, Grant Program: Grantee Abstracts
The Center for Children and Families (2012)
Describes the Family Housing Matters Program, a supervised and supportive housing program for substance abusing parents and their children.
Strengthening At-Risk and Homeless Young Mothers and Children
Medeiros & Vaulton (2010)
Zero to Three, 30(3)
Describes the implementation of the Strengthening At-Risk and Homeless Young Mothers and Children Initiative through locally based partnerships with agencies that address housing and homelessness, child development, family preservation, domestic violence, mental health, substance use and other support services. Discusses the needs and characteristics of homeless families, as well as strategies for building community partnerships.