Family Connection: Building Systems to End Family Homelessness

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Children and Families (HHS ACF), and Westat hosted the first in a series of webinars addressing response systems to end family homelessness and introduced Family Connection: Building Systems to End Family Homelessness, an interactive resource designed to help communities and stakeholders build and implement an effective housing crisis response system for families.

Background

Ending homelessness for families and children is a priority for the nation and for every community. By providing the right amount of assistance to help families obtain or regain permanent housing as quickly as possible and ensuring access to services to remain stably housed, achieving an end to family homelessness is possible.

Given the current economic realities in most communities, situations in which families experience a crisis and lose their home will likely occur. Recognizing this reality, USICH and Federal partners adopted a vision of an end to family homelessness to mean that no family will be without shelter and homelessness will be a rare and brief occurrence. To achieve an end to family homelessness, we encourage communities to join us to strengthen our local crisis response systems together.

Working together with our partners at the state, local, and federal level to strengthen the local crisis response systems, we will:

  • Ensure that no family is living unsheltered
  • Shorten episodes of family homelessness by providing resources that enable families to safely reenter permanent housing as quickly as possible
  • Link families to the benefits, supports, and community-based services they need to achieve and maintain housing stability
  • Identify and implement effective prevention methods to help families avoid homelessness
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