A New Housing-Focused Framework
The Research is Clear
Stable housing provides the vital platform for child, youth, and family health and well-being.
It is vital that mainstream and community-based services systems conduct housing assessments and ensure the provision of timely and appropriate interventions.
This will not only help to end family homelessness but will also improve outcomes across a wide array of services-delivery systems.
Mainstream and community-based service systems are positioned to serve as First Responders.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS
CHILD, YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES
HEALTH & MENTAL HEALTH CARE
NEIGHBORHOOD & COMMUNITY CENTERS
Universal Prevention Strategies
Universal prevention strategies address an entire population (e.g. national, local community, school, grade, neighborhood, pregnant women, gender groups, elderly, etc.) with programs, policies and practices.
Envisioning a New Response
Partnering for Change is promoting the systematic integration of housing intervention strategies into mainstream and community-based services systems across diverse sectors—including education, healthcare, and child, youth, and family services.
Responding to indicators of housing instability along a continuum of need, this effort includes the addition of housing interventions specialists, housing coordinators, access to funding for housing-related special needs, and collaborative and cross-sector assessment and intervention policies and practices.
Barriers to Implementation
Perhaps presenting the greatest challenges to addressing indicators of housing instability in our communities are the schools, healthcare systems, and community-based services that are in a position to intervene—but lack the capacity and resources to successfully do so.
Today’s housing affordability crisis requires that mainstream systems and community-based services providers become more pro-actively involved. This includes through universal prevention strategies,
While recognizing and supporting national and cross-sector advocacy initiatives to address the housing affordability crisis—including expansion of rent subsidy programs, housing trust funds, and affordable housing development—we believe that there is more that can be done.