For almost 40 years, Family HomeStead has been working on resolving the crisis of homelessness for individual families with children. In 2015, Family HomeStead provided 25,642 days of emergency and transitional housing and intensive case management services for 726 individuals in 207 families with 479 children. Dependent children comprise 66% of entire client population, Homeless families with children represent the largest demographic among homeless people.
2015 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 2015 were people of color, 71% were single female-headed households.
LONG Term outcomes
Of the 89 families who completed the program in 2015, 29 agreed to maintain contact for six months so we could evaluate the sustainability of their progress; 21 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 21 families who maintained contact with us, 19 had housing and 21 had income at termination of program services with Family HomeStead. All families maintained their housing and income through the six month tracking period. With follow-up case management support, 2 additional families who did not have housing at termination obtained appropriate housing within the six months.