Demonstration of supportive housing for chronically homeless families with children at risk for abuse and neglect

Foster care and homelessness are a vicious cycle for high-risk families. Nationally, more than 30 percent of children in foster care come from families where one or both parents are homeless. Half of the children in foster care have birth parents that have a history of homelessness and the majority of the chronically homeless were in foster care themselves. According to the New York City Administration of Children Services (ACS) and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), on any given day there are at least 1,100 ACS and DHS co-involved families. With a typical family of 2 or 3 children that are ACS involved, roughly 4,000-6,000 cases are dually known to ACS and DHS. These families are known to have greater health, social, and economic needs which often increases the incidence of neglect and abuse and other adverse effects on children. Multiple stressors, such as incarceration of a family member, addiction, and mental health problems often lead to and further perpetuate child welfare involvement and homelessness. ACS estimates that most of their cases with these families are for neglect, and nearly a quarter of the children in foster care could have stayed at home, rather than entering care, if services had been provided to their families. The purpose of this project is for the Corporation for Supportive Housing, working in partnership with ACS, to undertake an unprecedented demonstration of an alternative model of family preservation by designing, implementing, and evaluating the placement of 25-30 families in supportive housing where they will receive comprehensive and coordinated services from multiple city agencies. An external evaluation will be conducted to measure improvements in family function and stability and increased coordination between the public systems that serve these families. This project will leverage $1.5 million in city funds and is expected to demonstrate the value of implementing the pilot city-wide.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $697,682.00

Awarded on: 5/5/2007

Time frame: 6/1/2007 - 5/31/2010

Grant Number: 58836


Corporation for Supportive Housing

61 Broadway, Suite 2300
New York, 10006-2807


Alison M. Harte
Project Director