With the help of our experienced social work staff families focus on the following objectives:
- Move to next-step housing;
- Have income to support next-step housing; and
- Address the issues that caused their homelessness as identified in their case plan.
All of the children in our program must be enrolled in school, must be receiving healthcare and parents must be actively involved in their child/ren’s well-being. We support parents to reduce the risk factors associated with childhood homelessness through helping parents secure income, attend child development and nutrition classes, connect with early childhood and learning readiness programs and help parents apply for subsidized child care, essential for their ability to secure and maintain work.
Strengthening parents is strengthening children, which is why Family HomeStead also supports parents in addressing the other issues directly related to their specific crisis of homelessness. Our social work staff ensures families are connected to community resources for physical and mental health care, supplemental food, employment services, adult education and other basic needs. We partner closely with other community based organizations that provide classes on budgeting and credit management, job readiness, landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities and domestic violence, when necessary.
As an incentive for the client families, we provide a grant of one month’s rent (paid directly to their next landlord) for all families who successfully complete our program.