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

HIGHER EDUCATION

CHILD, YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES

CHILD WELFARE

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 sectorsincluding 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 intervenebut 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 crisisincluding expansion of rent subsidy programs, housing trust funds, and affordable housing developmentwe believe that there is more that can be done.