Category Archives: Research

Focus Group for Nonprofit Provider Face in Helping Homeless Families – Aug. 12, 1:30 pm

The Center for Social Policy, Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), and other groups are working to highlight the barriers that nonprofit staff face in
helping homeless families and those at risk of homelessness access services to achieve
stability. You can help by share your challenges and ideas in a focus group hosted by Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority (FCRHRA) in Greenfield. Your experience and ideas can help remove barriers for families struggling to make ends meet.

Focus group about the challenges nonprofit staff face in helping families access
affordable housing, child care, education, job training, and other resources.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 1:30—3:00 pm

Greenfield Community College –Main Campus
1 College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301

For more information or to sign up to participate contact Charity Day, 413-863-9781

Using Data to Predict Family Homelessness

Interesting article on Co.Exist: Facing a Homelessness Crisis, New York City Pinpoints Vulnerable Families by Mining Eviction Filings.

Among homeless families, about one in three first enter the shelter system after experiencing an eviction. But for the few hundred prevention and outreach staff at the NYC Department of Homeless Services, reaching these families before they show up at a shelter is like trying to find a needle in a haystack–only 5% of the some 200,000 eviction notices filed in New York each year cause families to become homeless.

The model is still being tested, but SumAll Foundation CEO Stefan Heeke says he’s excited about the impact of the work. “We can confidently say that we are in a position to make that prediction,” he says. “The idea is to create an application–literally a map–where we can basically point out the hotspots or the buildings or even the addresses where eviction filings are happening and which are likely to result in homelessness.”

Right now, he says, they’re working on developing a dashboard that DHS staff will be able to use to help plan their day. That might involve social workers visiting a building and leaving information about legal services, housing programs, and other services that might keep the family in a home.




Youth Count

So many of you participated in our first-ever youth count!

We’ll be collecting surveys this week and sending them on to the data input and analysis folks.  We’re looking forward to more information about this population to guide our understanding of the policies and programs that can help.

Last week, Atlantic Cities wrote about youth counts and the particular challenge of finding LGBTQ youth.

Young people in general are often missed by the traditional counts because they try to avoid drawing attention to themselves, fearing they’ll end up in the custody of child protective services agencies.  LGBTQ youth are even harder to reach.

Click to read The Particular Challenge of Helping Homeless LGBTQ Youth.

2008 AHAR released by HUD

HUD has released the 2008  Annual Homeless assessment Report (AHAR), the fourth in a series of reports on homelessness in the United States.  The report provides counts of homelessness nationwide—including counts of individuals, persons in families, and special population groups such as veterans and chronically homeless people.  The report also covers the types of locations where people use emergency shelter and transitional housing; where people were just before they entered a residential program; how much time they spend in shelters over the course of a year; and the size and use of the U.S inventory of residential programs for homeless people. 

The AHAR – which is based on data collected in 2009 – showed a ten percent reduction among people experiencing chronic homelessness, but a rise in the number of families seeking shelter.