Partnerships to Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing for Families with Child Welfare Involvement

Partnerships to Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing for Families in the Child Welfare System


A national federal demonstration testing an intensive approach to providing vulnerable families with safe, affordable housing together with the other services and supports that they need in order to stay together. With five sites and multiple private and public partners, over the next five years the project aims to bring supportive housing to more than 500 families with children at risk of, or already in, foster care placement. 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.

Grantee Sites

Five grants were awarded to sites in Broward County (Fla.), Cedar Rapids (Iowa), Memphis (Tenn.), San Francisco and the state of Connecticut. The grantees 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.

National Evaluation

The Urban Institute's uniquely qualified team will work collaboratively to conduct a national evaluation that recognizes the goals of grantees, local evaluators, funders and policymakers.

Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance will be provided to the grantees by The Child Welfare and Supportive Housing Resource Center, an effort administered by CSH. The Resource Center provides and coordinates tailored, one-on-one expertise and services to help meet each site’s needs. In addition, the Resource Center will encourage and support peer learning among the five sites, building on local capacity and the experience of people working in the field.

CSH's Demonstration Partners

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Casey Family Programs
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

Irma's Story

Learn how the national demonstration and provider sites participating in it are helping families stay together and move forward by watching Irma's Story.


CSH Solutions


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