There are many ways to become involved with Partnering for Change – and with others working on this issue

across the country. Here are just a few:

 Schools, hospitals/clinics, child & family services organizations

(1) Review your current Intake and Assessment tools to identify housing-related questions or indicators of distress. Are they adequate, given today’s housing climate?
(2) Access existing data on families and children you serve to identify possible indicators of housing distress. Do problems seem to be decreasing or increasing?
(3) Conduct an Organizational Survey to help determine the prevalence and types of housing distress that might be occurring.
(4) Become  a “test site” for the 3-Phase Housing Stability Assessment Initiative.

You can also help families experiencing housing distress right now.  

Contact local family centers and neighborhood centers in your community and offer to provide the following anonymously:

(1) assistance with a family’s back rent payments or utility payments
(2) the provision of move-in funds (deposits or last months’ rent) to enable a family to move into a rental unit
(3)  sponsor a family trying to stabilize – by contributing to their monthly budget for a set period of time

Organizations working on the issue nationally include:

Center on Budget & Policy Priorities
Children’s Defense Fund
Children’s HealthWatch
Coalition on Human Needs
First Focus
National Alliance to End Homelessness
National Center for Housing and Child Welfare
National Center for the Education of Homeless Children
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
 National Low Income Housing Coalition
Poverty & Race Research Action Council
U.S. Human Rights Network
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness