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Keeping Families Together

Keeping Families Together is an innovative CSH program bringing together housing providers and child welfare agencies to strengthen society’s most vulnerable families and protect our children.Deeply entrenched poverty and housing instability are often linked to child neglect, child welfare involvement and family separation. Few events are more traumatic for children than being removed from their families and then entered into the foster care system. Such children often go on to lead deeply troubled lives. Research shows that they are at higher risk for impaired neurodevelopment, psychiatric problems, abuse, poverty, homelessness, incarceration, suicide and early death.

CSH’s Keeping Families Together initiative levearages supportive housing to offer stability to families with children who are in danger of being separated from birth parents. By providing essential supports (housing + services) to vulnerable families, this initiative shows real promise in reducing public costs and reuniting children with their families in a safe, stable environment.

Data from the Keeping Families Together evaluation show that supportive housing works. Child welfare involvement among Keeping Families Together families in supportive housing declined significantly. Most families had no new abuse or neglect cases after moving to supportive housing. Average school attendance improved steadily among Keeping Families Together children.

The annual public cost of the Keeping Families Together in New York City, which included operating and supportive services costs, was just three dollars a day.

CSH experts in our Child Welfare and Supportive Housing Resource Center are available to provide information, training and consulting services to help communities explore and develop Keeping Families Together supportive housing.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER, CONTACT ALISON HARTE, CSH ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR.

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