For most families, homelessness is a short, episodic event that usually can be addressed with a housing subsidy or affordable housing options. Some families, however, face more serious challenges to housing stability.
There is a subset of homeless families that need additional, more comprehensive services, in order to end their homelessness and maintain their housing stability. Although the federal definition of chronic homelessness includes only unaccompanied adults, CSH recognizes that there are families with children who should be considered as experiencing long-term homelessness. Further, because homelessness may have more immediately adverse effects on developing children, CSH believes that the defining length of “long-term” homelessness for families may need to be shortened to account for the needs of children.
CSH is developing supportive housing models designed for families with the most complex and challenging needs to supportive housing. Our signature program is Keeping Families Together. We’re also improving how very vulnerable families are assessed and targeting for help and housing.