Where Do Families Live?

“Where do low-income families live in order to stay off the streets?”


Because “substandard, overcrowded, and poor housing conditions” are not readily visible, we are currently striving to illuminate how families actually live when rents are not affordable.


Rather than sleep on the streets or enter into a shelter program, low-income families are often at the mercy of landlords who charge exorbitant rents for deteriorating and substandard housing conditions. Often families share overcrowded and inadequate rental units or move from motel to motel for months and sometimes years at a time.

 

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From the outside, there is nothing to indicate the squalor and decay of the overcrowded rental units in this apartment building catering to families with children.

Are We Asking the Right Questions?  Are We Asking Them In Time?


Because staff at schools, healthcare providers, and child and family services programs generally do not make home visits, it is vital to ask the right questions upon intake and/or enrollment, during the provision of services, or when something appears to be wrong.


Partnering for Change is helping to bridge the gap between research and action, between the evidence base and program implementation.


While we cannot “build” enough affordable rental housing to provide the numbers of new units that our nation requires, there is still much that we can do….


So what are some solutions?


The paper below provides some constructive ideas – and supports the contention that “new construction” will not solve the housing crisis we are facing today.

Unpacking the “housing shortage” puzzle