HHS, Private Foundations Collaborate and Announce $35 Million Plan to Keep At-Risk Families Together, Combat Family Homelessness
June 05, 2012
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) announced the availability of five competitive grants for child welfare agency and supportive housing and shelter organizations collaborations aimed at combating family homelessness. Modeled after the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s Keeping Families Together Initiative and illustrative of President Obama’s public-private partnership initiative, this grant program will fund projects that incorporate stable housing and comprehensive services that focus on safety, family functioning, and child well-being. ACF will provide $1 million to five grantees for five years ($25 million). Additionally, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs, and Edna McConnell Clark Foundation will provide at least $10 over the next ten years for technical assistance and national evaluations of the supportive housing’s plan effectiveness.
This supportive housing plan builds on a successful pilot effort, Keeping Families Together, which paired supportive housing in New York City with on-site case management for families experiencing chronic homelessness, substance abuse, mental health issues, and/or child welfare involvement. ACF’s new initiative aims to determine whether similar programs could be effective in other areas of the country. As noted by ACYF Commissioner Bryan Samuels, “As more states move toward serving families safely outside of foster care, it has become more apparent that families face multiple challenges…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.”