High housing costs, poor housing quality, overcrowded living conditions, residential mobility and homelessness detrimentally impact child and family health and well-being.

    Through the early intervention approach, community-based child and family service systems become the major resource for housing-related assistance, with the homeless services system as a referral of last resort when all else fails.

To promote and facilitate access to stable and adequate housing as a base for improved child and family well-being.   

In a Letter to the Editor in the April 20, 2017 Washington Post [Opinion], Maria Foscarinis, Founder and Executive Director of the National LawCenter on Homelessness & Poverty wrote the following: Thank you for the April 16 front-page article “Families fault D.C. shelter system,” which laid bare the terrible hardship faced by the District’s homeless families and ongoing violations of the legal right to shelter. Also critical is the larger context in which this crisis is playing out. The mother in the family highlighted by the article held a steady job, and her partner was sometimes employed, yet the family was unable to avoid homelessness. While each family’s circumstances are unique, this much is clear: In the District, and in many communities around the country, escalating housing costs are severely ...