Information on housing issues and programs for families and youth receiving child welfare services. Resources include State and local examples.
Child Welfare and Supportive Housing Resource Center
Corporation for Supportive Housing (2018)
Provides technical assistance and best practices to help communities develop multisystem responses for families at risk of homelessness and separation.
Families at the Nexus of Housing and Child Welfare (PDF - 230 KB)
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Summarizes what is currently known about the relationship between housing and child welfare, describes ways child welfare agencies are addressing the housing needs of families, and explores the use of housing interventions to reduce child welfare involvement among families that are homeless. The report concludes with a discussion of implications for policy, practice, and future research.
Helping Families Involved in the Child Welfare System Achieve Housing Stability (PDF - 1,055 KB)
Cunningham, Pergamit, Baum, & Luna (2015)
Examine the impact and the cost of the Family Unification Program in addressing inadequate housing linked to child maltreatment. The report concludes with promising practices and implementation challenges.
Housing for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care (PDF - 2,324 KB)
Dion, Dworsky, Kauff, & Kleinman (2014)
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research
Discusses the link between aging out of foster care and the experience of homelessness, how communities can use the Family Unification Program to address the housing needs of youth aging out of foster care, and strategies for evaluating housing programs. The report concludes with implications for policy and research.
Building Capacity to Evaluate Interventions for Youth/Young Adults With Child Welfare Involvement At-Risk of Homelessness (YARH), 2013–2018
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (2017)
Provides project descriptions and reports from the two phases of the Children’s Bureau’s planning and implementation grants to build capacity to end youth homelessness.
Case Studies: Demonstrating the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing for Families in the Child Welfare System
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (2017)
Presents the case studies of five demonstration grants that tested the effectiveness of supportive housing for particularly vulnerable families involved in the child welfare system. The materials include information on the grantees’ lessons learned and next steps, as well as videos from the Cedar Rapids and Connecticut demonstration sites.
Evolution in Programs Offering Supportive Housing to Child Welfare-Involved Families: Services Integration and Systems Change at the Half-Way Point (PDF - 935 KB)
Burt, Gearing, & McDaniel (2016)
Examines the progress that five demonstration sites made toward providing housing and intensive services to high-need families in the child welfare system.
Related Publications for Building Capacity to Evaluate Interventions for Youth With Child Welfare Involvement at Risk of Homelessness: Phase I and II
Mathematica Policy Research
Provides high-level themes and lessons learned from a process study of the Children’s Bureau planning and implementation grants for developing and testing cross-system interventions for youth with child welfare involvement who are most likely to experience homelessness.
Supportive Housing for Homeless Families: Foster Care Outcomes and Best Practices: Summary (PDF - 639 KB)
Sierra Health Foundation
Describes the outcome evaluation of a supportive housing program serving homeless families. The brief concludes with a discussion of implications for policy, practice, and future research.