The grantees of the Partnerships to Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing for Families Involved in the Child Welfare System are testing an intensive approach to serving families who come to the attention of the child welfare system because of problems with chronic or recurring homelessness and other serious, persistent issues such as mental illness, alcoholism or drug abuse.

Learn more about the five local programs that are being supported by the Child Welfare and Supportive Housing Resource Center:

The goal is to encourage local implementation of supportive housing services that integrate community services for housing and other critical services for this population, including customized case management services for children and their parents, as well as trauma informed interventions and evidence-based mental health services through partnerships to access additional services through community-based service providers. The federal government expects outcomes of this initiative to be a reduction in child maltreatment, child removals and foster care placements and overall child welfare system involvement.




Family Stories

Irma's Story

Led Astray

Rosa's Story

Sam's Story

Chelsey's Story

A Better Life

Learn more about families housed in supportive housing by the ACYF Demonstration

Click here for several ACYF Demonstration Family Profiles gathered by Urban Institute

Notes From the Field

Series 1, Issue 1: Data Collection Strategies for Identifying Families Facing Child Welfare Involvement & Homelessness 

Series 1, Issue 2: Beyond the Family Unification Program (FUP): Partnerships between Public Child Welfare Agencies and Public Housing Agencies to stably house vulnerable child welfare-involved families

Series 1, Issue 3: Ensuring Family Voice While Navigating Multiple Systems: The Family Team Meeting Strategy in Supportive Housing

Series 1, Issue 4: Supportive Housing as a Platform for Family Stabilization: Lessons from a National Family Supportive Housing Demonstration

Issue Briefs

"Influence of Supportive Housing Demonstration on Child Welfare Policy & Practice"

"State & Local Models for Sustaining Funding for Supportive Housing for Child Welfare Involved Families Experiencing Homelessness"

"An Introduction to Supportive Housing for Vulnerable Families"

Other Resources

The products below are designed to help guide supportive housing administrators and practitioners developing and involved in supportive housing efforts serving families with children. Each guide is intended to ensure providers have access to the most relevant and up-to-date information as all of us endeavor to deliver the best possible housing and services to vulnerable families.

Welcome Home: Design and Practice Guidance for Supportive Housing for Families with Children
A Practice Framework for Delivering Services to Families in Supportive Housing
Tenant Manual & Welcome Packet

Crosswalk - Early Childhood Home Visiting and Supportive Housing for Families: Making the Connections

Child Information Gateway - Family Engagement: Partnering With Families to Improve Child Welfare Outcomes

CSH and US Administration for Children & Families - Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Supportive Housing – A Guide to Support the Safe, Healthy Development of Young Children

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services ACYF - Child and Family Transitions among Families Experiencing Homelessness

Newsletters & ALERTS

January 12, 2015

March 12, 2015

May 18, 2015

July 16, 2015

September 16, 2015 - National Convening Special Edition

November 12, 2015

January 12, 2016

January 20, 2016

January 28, 2016

March 28, 2016

May 10, 2016

May 19, 2016

May 23, 2016

June 28, 2016

July 12, 2016

September 28, 2016

October 21, 2016

October 24, 2016

December 15, 2016

February 15, 2017

April 25 & 26, 2017

May 15, 2017

May 31, 2017

June 1, 2017

June 9, 2017

July 6, 2017

July 18, 2017

August 9, 2017

August 23, 2017

September 7, 2017

October 30, 2017


Urban Institute: Supportive Housing for High-Need Families in the Child Welfare System - November 2014

HEART Alliance for Sustainable Families Preliminary Evaluation Findings - December 2015



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