STABLE HOUSING: the vital platform for child & family health & well-being.
Translating research into adaptable
To catalyze the development and implementation of integrated strategies in communities that improve housing stability as the vital platform for child, youth and family health and well-being.
Envisioning a New Response
The detrimental impacts of housing instability on cognitive, emotional, physical and development growth are well-documented – yet are often ignored by mainstream and community-based service systems. that are best-positioned to serve as First Responders to indicators of housing distress. In response, we are 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.
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.
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.
Mainstream and community-based service systems are positioned to serve as First Responders.
The New First Responders
- EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
- PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS
- HIGHER EDUCATION
- CHILD, YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES
- CHILD WELFARE
- HEALTH & MENTAL HEALTH CARE
- NEIGHBORHOOD & COMMUNITY CENTERS
COVID-19 & Housing Instability
he Coronavirus Pandemic has illuminated the affordable housing crisis through a different lens: the need for social distancing, sheltering-in-place, and isolating people possibly exposed to, exhibiting symptoms of, or actually testing positive for the virus. All of these are impossible to do in overcrowded housing – and certainly for those without a safe and stable place to live. As the Pandemic continued into a second year, increasing numbers of families with children were impacted by job loss, evictions, and the disruptions related to of extreme rent burden, overcrowding, and forced residential mobility.