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HHS, Private Foundations Announce Sites for Supportive Housing Program for Child Welfare-Involved Families

September 12, 2012

Today the Department of Health and Human Services announced the local partners for the combined public and private $35 million initiative aimed at providing supportive housing for families with a history of involvement in the child welfare system, which includes reuniting families with children who have entered the foster care system if that is approprate. This initiative is an outgrowth of the success of The Corporation for Supportive Housing's Keeping Families Together, which showed tremendous positive outcomes for families and cost-effectiveness for the public sector. The Adminstration on Children and Families will provide $1 million per year to each of the five grantees for five years ($25 million total) to demonstrate the effectiveness and potential cost-savings of projects incorporating stable housing and comprehensive services that focus on safety, positive family functioning, and child well-being. Four foundations - the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs, and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation - will provide a combined total of at least $10 million over the next five years, primarily in the areas of technical assistance and evaluation. 

“As more states move toward serving families safely outside of foster care, it has become more apparent that families face multiple challenges,” said Commissioner Bryan Samuels of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families.  “This initiative is designed to help us identify high need families earlier and to provide the right set of targeted services that lead to meaningful family improvements.” Improvements include reducing child abuse and neglect, reducing the number of foster care placements, and increasing housing and employment stability, Samuels added.

The five grantees are Kids in Distress (Wilton Manors, Fla.), Community Alliance for the Homeless (Memphis, Tenn.), Four Oaks Family and Children’s Services (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), the San Francisco Human Services Agency, and the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

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