08/25/2014 - Hear from Two Community Partners about How They Are Ending Family Homelessness through Our Sept. 10 Webinar
by Lindsay Knotts, USICH Management and Policy Analyst
Ending homelessness among families and children is a priority for the nation and for every community. Millions of extremely low-income households do not have access to affordable housing, putting them at-risk of housing instability and the types of crises that can result in homelessness. The challenge is clear: Our most recent data show that 222,197 people in families—an estimated 70,960 households—were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2013. In the first three years of implementation of Opening Doors, we have reduced homelessness among families by eight percent.
Communities all across the country are making huge inroads by connecting families to affordable housing, rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing, and by ensuring that housing assistance is tailored to the unique strengths and needs of each member of the household. Their work is critical to meeting the goal of ending family homelessness by 2020 and to ensuring that homelessness among families is prevented whenever possible or is otherwise rare, brief, and nonrecurring.
On September 10, 2014, two community partners will join USICH and HUD on a live webinar to share examples of how they are using a range of resources and program models to better serve families in need of a safe and stable place to call home. Katie Kitchin, Executive Director of Memphis, TN-based Community Alliance for the Homeless, Inc., and Gwen McQueeney, Deputy Director of Shelter and Rapid Re-Housing for Northern Virginia Family Service, will discuss their most effective strategies for helping to lift families out of homelessness, as well as prevention methods that help avert housing crises.
You’re invited to join us at 1 p.m. EDT for this session, titled “Family Connection: Tailored Interventions and Assistance.” This is the second informational webinar in a series on building systems to end family homelessness. In addition to the insights provided by our community partners, I along with Todd Shenk from HUD, will provide policy insights from the Federal perspective.
As usual, space is limited. You are encouraged to register now and sign in early on the day of the webinar. We’ll have a portion of the webinar devoted to questions and answers. Tweet us at @USICHgov to let us know your most pressing questions about ending family homelessness.