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The Child Welfare & Supportive Housing Resource Center

Overview

The Child Welfare & Supportive Housing Resource Center (Resource Center) provides technical assistance to five sites taking part in Partnerships to Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing for Families in the Child Welfare System.

Led by CSH, the Resource Center coordinates tailored, one-on-one expertise and services to help meet each site’s needs. In addition, the Resource Center encourages and supports peer learning among the five sites and beyond, building on local capacity and the experience of people working in the field

The Resource Center plays a neutral convening role, linking federal demonstration sites with one another as well as other “early adopter” Keeping Families Together programs, to generate solutions addressing program, policy and implementation challenges. More broadly, our work focuses on bringing partners together, and building capacity to deliver the highest quality supportive housing as cost effectively as possible. Our activities fall under the following broad buckets:

  • Collaborative Learning and Technical Assistance –the Resource Center deploys a variety of collaborative learning techniques to facilitate peer-to-peer exchange and promote emerging best practices. Our technical assistance activities range from virtual learning networks to targeted in-depth assistance. The Resource Center brings together experts in a given area – e.g., supportive services and case management — to build on their successes, and rapidly identify and spread emerging best practices.
  • Site Technical Assistance – The Resource Center works directly with states and communities to familiarize them with the core components of supportive housing, strategize, and provide practical technical assistance around best practices.
  • Best Practice Synthesis/Dissemination – Underlying all of Resource Center’s work is the goal of identifying, developing, and spreading best practices to a broad national audience. We develop tool-kits, practice briefs and one-page fact sheets to help advance supportive housing as an intervention for the most vulnerable families, and to improve care and systems coordination.

The Child Welfare and Supportive Housing Resource Center is part of an innovative partnership that includes CSH, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth & Families and four private foundations: the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.

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