Call To Action
CSH has embarked on One Roof to elevate the visibility of families who are at the intersection of homelessness and child welfare involvement, aiming to ensure that no child is placed in foster care due to the families housing instability. Through One Roof, CSH is engaging local, county, state and national partners to promote improved policy and systems integration for this population, replicate supportive housing tailored to their unique needs, and increase investment in housing solutions for at-risk children and their families. Through One Roof, we will break the intergenerational cycle of homelessness and child welfare involvement, and ensure improved outcomes and long term success for children.
One Roof will:
- Work to significantly expand supportive housing for families facing multiple challenges, including homelessness, trauma and child welfare involvement.
- Strengthen collaboration between child welfare and housing agencies to integrate services and improve family stability.
- Increase and sustain capacity to provide and coordinate housing-based services to ensure long-term success for vulnerable children and families.
In order to achieve these goals, CSH will use a three-pronged approach that relies on robust public communication and engagement, programmatic implementation, and aggressive advocacy to secure and align resources.
- Elevate publicly the need to raise awareness about the promise and potential of supportive housing for vulnerable families.
- Provide technical assistance and support to build the capacity of communities to launch supportive housing targeted to families at-risk of intergenerational homelessness and child welfare involvement.
- Secure private, public and philanthropic support and obtain federal, state and local commitments for resources and systems change that promotes and facilitates cooperation and collaboration between the housing and child welfare systems.
One Roof will measure its success based on the number of stakeholders committed to its mission along with the creation of new supportive housing for families at the intersection of homelessness and child welfare involvement. CSH anticipates that One Roof will also have positive long-term outcomes and measurable impacts on families, ultimately changing the life trajectory for children: breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty, homelessness, and child welfare involvement. Below are some proposed metrics that CSH could use to help measure success on a national and community level:
- Increase housing stability among families.
- Decrease in the number of encounters with the child welfare system.
- Increase in the number of children who safely remain with their parents.
- Decrease in the number of days that a child spends in foster care.
- Increase in the number of children who reunify with their families.
- Improved health and well-being of parents and children.
- Improved educational outcomes; addressing chronic absenteeism and increasing school attendance.