Schools, healthcare systems, and child and family service systems must become the “First Responders.”

Provide Direct Housing-Related Interventions:

Child and family services, healthcare systems, schools, and other community-based services systems should integrate housing-related strategies into case management protocols and practices.

Identify and Alleviate Serious Housing Conditions:

Within a cross-sector and collaborative framework, child and family services agencies should identify serious indicators of housing distress among their client populations and provide timely and appropriate responses to prevent problems from escalating.

Work Collaboratively to Intervene:  

Options should include assistance in leasing appropriate shared housing with extended family, accessing subsidized housing, financial and other assistance in relocating to more affordable neighborhoods, and legal assistance to prevent eviction or to address rental housing violations by landlords.

Integrate Housing-Related Services at Schools:

Locate “Housing Specialists” at schools, either hired by schools or though collaboration with community-based housing services.

Promote Rental Housing Compliance:

Work collaboratively to identify and address rental housing violations and ensure compliance.

Collaborate with Landlords and Property Owners:

Engage property owners in collaborative action, including facilitating the upgrading and renovating of rental units in exchange for maintaining or lowering the rent, special recognition by government entities (Councilpersons, Mayors, etc.), and other incentives to participate.

Catalyze and Promote Housing-Centered Innovation:

Help the facilitate and promote innovative “housing demonstration projects” in which non-traditional partners (including property owners, philanthropy, and volunteer groups) collaborate to conduct upgrades on substandard housing or promote and facilitate the adaptive re-use of existing properties into rental housing.