According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, 206,286 people in families, including 127,787 children under the age of 18, were homeless on a single night in 2015. For some of these families, lack of adequate housing contributed to the decision to open child welfare cases, place the child(ren) in out-of-home care, or delay reunification of children with parents. Reports indicate 50% of children in foster care were removed from homeless or unstably housed families.
CSH is undertaking a strategic effort to break the intergenerational cycle of homelessness, child welfare involvement, and poor outcomes for vulnerable families with children.
Under One Roof, CSH is elevating the visibility of vulnerable, at-risk families and the need for an improved and integrated policy response through the availability and targeting of supportive housing for families caught in this cycle.