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

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 can stabilize vulnerable families, creating safe and healthy environments for children.

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


Partnerships is a national federal demonstration testing an intensive approach to providing vulnerable families with safe, affordable housing together with the other services and supports they need in order to stay together. With five sites and multiple private and public partners, the project is bringing supportive housing to families with children at risk of, or already in, foster care placement. The sites coordinate 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.

Grantee Sites

Five grantees are active at sites in Broward County (Fla.), Cedar Rapids (Iowa), Memphis (Tenn.), San Francisco (CA) and the State of Connecticut. The grantees offer an intensive approach to serving families in 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.

Case Studies: Demonstrating the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing for Families in the Child Welfare System - USICH

National Evaluation

The Urban Institute's uniquely qualified team is conducting a national evaluation that recognizes the goals of grantees, local evaluators, funders and policymakers.

Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance is 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.

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.


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