In 2016 Family HomeStead provided 28,963 nights of emergency and transitional housing and intensive case management services for 750 individuals in 214 families with 488 children. Dependent children comprised 65% of our entire client population with 35% under age five. Of the families that completed our programs, 89.9% secured next step housing; 95.0% had income sufficient to support housing; and 93.3% completed their case plan goals. Dependent children comprise 66% of entire client population. Homeless families with children represent the largest demographic among homeless people.
2016 program outcomes
100% of the client families we work with are very low income and earn between $0 and $21,000 a year. 86% of the families we served in 2016 were people of color, 65% were single parent households with 55% of them being female-headed households.
LONG Term outcomes
Family HomeStead has derived longer term outcomes for the services we provide through following up with families for the six months after they complete our program. Of the 141 families who completed the program in 2016, 56 agreed to maintain contact for six months so we could evaluate the sustainability of their progress; 50 of those families maintained contact for the full six months. Homeless families have a variety of reasons for not wanting to maintain contact with the homeless service community. Relocation, shame, inconvenience, disorganization, and simply being overwhelmed with the tasks of daily life in relative poverty are among the many reasons. Family HomeStead is committed to fostering a strong sense of self-agency among our families and do not want families to feel as if they are ‘indebted’ to our organization for the services we have provided. This is why we present follow-up services as optional and not mandatory.
Of the 50 families who maintained contact with us, 45 had housing and 46 had income at termination of program services with Family HomeStead. All families maintained their housing and 44 maintained their income through the six month tracking period. With follow-up case management support, four families who did not have income at termination, three were able to secure a job. Of the five who did not have permanent housing at termination, four were able to find housing during the six month follow up.