Think Upstream

Support effective prevention programs and strategies, such as financial support for low-income families, employment training, effective discharge planning, substance abuse counseling, and family reunification efforts.

The lack of affordable housing is the principle cause of family homelessness. Across the county, local United Ways are addressing the root of this problem by helping families break the cycle of poverty and financial dependence. United Ways are helping families in a variety of ways including financial counseling, individual savings accounts, tax preparation, job training, and emergency food, rent, and utility assistance. Additionally, local United Ways are also supporting innovative programs directly targeted to youth and families at-risk of homelessness.

United Way of Central Ohio, Siemer Institute for Family Stability:  Preventing Homelessness for Families with School-aged Children

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United Way of Rhode Island, Fund to Prevent Homelessness

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Mile High United Way Bridging the Gap helping youth in foster care successfully transition to adulthood

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United Way and Alliance for Information and Referral Systems 2-1-1 human services hotline

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To learn more, visit the other pages from our toolkit:

Housing is the Key

Recruit Partners and Make Deals

Share the Vision

Build a Bank of Knowledge

Be an Agent of Change

Follow the Money