GNH Community

nonprofits,local leaders & Grt.New Haven business sharing information

WELFARE OFFICIALS EXPANDING HOMELESS FAMILIES PROGRAM By $35 MILLION

Program Targets Homeless Families Across US
Associated Press, Kelli Kennedy, 09/12/2012

Federal child welfare officials announced Wednesday they are expanding a pilot program that provides housing and case workers to homeless families most at risk for having a child enter foster care. The five-year, $35 million expansion to several areas across the country provides permanent housing for a few hundred families who have been homeless for at least a year, and had at least one case of child abuse or neglect. Homeless families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population and account for more than one-third of overall homelessness, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The focus on deep-rooted issues related to poverty comes as child welfare officials are pushing to keep kids safely in the home and provide services whenever possible instead of rushing to place them in foster care. In the past, those services traditionally focused on the childs imminent safety, but officials are now looking to provide more intensive services including job training, substance abuse and mental health treatment, trauma counseling for children growing up in these homes and parenting skills.

"These are the complex families. These are the ones that child welfare systems struggle to know what the right set of resources are. These are the families that stay in the system longer because they have both the family related issues as well as poverty," said Administration for Children and Families Commissioner Bryan Samuels.

Editor's Note: The initiative is the product of a partnership between the federal government, RWJF and three other private foundations.

Read the complete article at this link:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/13/homeless-families-welfare-...

Views: 18

Comment

You need to be a member of GNH Community to add comments!

Join GNH Community

Imagine. Inform. Invest. Inspire.

Working together to build a stronger community - now and forever

Neighborhoods: What is Working

Abundant Communities Initiative Updates ABCD Principles for Municipalities

Neighborhood connections create complex benefits, people in Edmonton, Alberta have learned. Its Abundant Community Initiative is catching on, with municipalities across North America expressing interest in connecting neighbors.

Seize the Opportunity of Crisis to Rebuild Community

Out of crisis, the residents of Christchurch, New Zealand discovered what is most important—community. Around the globe, multiple crises confront us. The upside is that we now have unprecedented opportunities to rebuild community.

The Affinity Dilemma

If the heart of our social problems is “like-mindedness,” the nature of associational affinity is one cause of the problem. Local examples/possibilities of “different mindedness” may be the way serious citizen dialogue can develop in relatively homogeneous places.

Open Street Project

Announcing a new phase of the Open Streets movement!

As part of the 2016 International Open Streets Summit in Portland, OR, The Street Plans Collaborative – founder of the Open Streets Project – is excited to announce a new phase in the evolution of the movement. To expand capacity and deepen our expertise, we’re thrilled to welcome 8 80 Cities as our primary non-profit [...]

The Body of Research on Open Streets is Growing – come hear about it at the 2016 International Open Streets Summit!

Charles Brown MPA, Senior Researcher with Rutgers University will present findings from the first-ever survey of a university community aimed to increase their overall diversity, inclusion, and sustainability. The survey highlights nearly 2,000 surveys from a focus group with Black and Hispanic Residents. Come discuss different strategies on how to use this information to remove [...]

Ottawa Canada expert will share 45 years of experience running NOKIA Sunday Bikedays at the 2016 International Open Streets Summit

Ottawa enjoys two seasons of open streets/canals with 7.8 km of Rideau Canal Skateways and 52 km of car-free NOKIA Sunday Bikedays throughout the capital city Ottowa and Gatineau Park. Come hear Bruce Devine with the National Capital Commission speak at the 2016 International Open Streets Summit about their innovative and data-driven analysis of how [...]

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Our Strength Comes From Our Diversity

This month, as our country celebrates LGBTQ pride, we at LISC reaffirm our commitment to supporting inclusive and equitable communities.

LISC Is Part of the Sustainability Story on Wall Street

An article in ImpactAlpha features Morgan Stanley’s chief sustainability officer and LISC board member Audrey Choi describing the “tremendous growth opportunities” in social impact investment. LISC’s recent first-of-its-kind bond offering, underwritten by Morgan Stanley, is a prime example of how benefit to the community can benefit business, too.

A Boot Camp for Non-Profits Combating Homelessness Across California

As California's homelessness and affordable housing crisis deepens, the demand for non-profit developers who can navigate the complex world of affordable housing construction is more acute than ever. The only program of its kind, LISC's Housing Development Training Institute readies project managers to help close the housing gap across California.

© 2017   Created by Lee Cruz.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service