Historically, efforts to address family homelessness have not been strongly coordinated. Programs such as shelters and transitional housing were started by organizations and associations motivated to help families in need in their communities. As more programs developed, they did so largely in isolation from one another, each deciding on its own criteria. Programs were also responding to the requirements of various funders, each of whom may have emphasized a certain population or service or measure of success. Many of these programs focused on providing families a temporary place to stay and services intended to help them become more self-sufficient in the long run. Rarely were these same programs equipped to assist families back into housing as quickly as possible.
In the last decade, more communities are embracing rapid re-housing models, which move people out of homelessness as quickly as possible and then provide a flexible level of support, depending on the household's continuing--and sometimes fluctuating--needs. Philanthropy can help communities understand and promote these models.
Funders Together Resources
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Fails to Meet Basic Needs: How Inadequate and Inconsistent Funding in Driving American Families into Homelessness
Today, in every state, a family that relies entirely on TANF for income cannot cover the cost of fair market rent. Funders can, however, play an important role in addressing the gap between state TANF benefits and Fair Market Rents, as well as strengthening the relationship between state TANF programs and housing programs.
Sequestration's Impact on Homelessness [INFOGRAPHIC]
We know that sequestration is hurting homelessness services around the country. This infographic is designed to give a brief overview.
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