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Preventing Homelessness

preventing HOMELESSNESS The economic recession and housing crisis has caused the homeless family population to increase dramatically. 2007 2042 23% of homeless population made up of families 40% of homeless population made up of families Homelessness can happen to anyone, for any reason. • Job Layoff Death in the family Since 2007: • Medical issue folowed 6 million by draining of finances homes have been foreclosed Foreclosure 4 million • Eviction are in the process of foreclosure, and are continuing at a rate of • Lack of affordable housing 2 million per year. • Mothers escaping This has wiped out domestic abuse $7 trillion in U.S. household wealth. In cases of family homelessness, what is the Fundamental Solution? Getting parents back to work and in a home. The Federal Govemment Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) enacted under the HEARTH Act provides resources that attempts to rapidly re-house homeless families in local communities. These funds are then used for 5 program components: 1. Street outreach 2. Emergency shelters 3. Homelessness prevention 4. Rapid re-housing 5. Data collection through the homeless managment information system (HMIS) Another proactive solution to resolving family homelessness is to use data on households accessing emergency assistance to provide prevention strategies. If a household has: recently filed for unemployment accessed Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) These filed for foreclosure individuals are potentially at risk for homelessness. or other key indicators TRAINING can provide: Job skills Career prep High School Diploma Workforce depelopment skills These can go a long way to getting families stabilized, employed, and out of the need for housing assistance. Preventative programs that focus on education and awareness of services can make all the difference. smarthorizons. Lifetime Training Solutions To leam more about Smart HorizonsTransitional Life Skills Program please contact us at 855-777-8032 or by email at [email protected]. You can also access information on our website All images used according to license pemissions. ©Macmillan Digital Publishing USA © 2011 Jupiterimages Corporation

Preventing Homelessness

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Homelessness is a critical problem in the United States. It particularly hits families with children the hardest. Preventative programs that focus on education and awareness of services can make all...


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