About Us – 1, 2, 3
One Roof, Two Generation, Three Drivers are about addressing the needs of both children and their parents collectively, holistically and safely through Keeping Families Together. This approach recognizes the importance of the stability created by supportive housing, and that families come in all different shapes and sizes, define themselves, and are better together in nurturing environments where needs are effectively identified based on where they are in life.
One Roof is the CSH initiative that helps policymakers understand and implement housing solutions like Keeping Families Together, designed to ensure families in the child welfare system are safely and permanently unified or reunified and stabilized in their own homes with access to services that improve the lives of children and their parents. CSH is dedicated to bringing many sectors and systems together, especially housing, healthcare and child welfare, to significantly improve outcomes for vulnerable households.
Family-focused: Equal and intentional focus on housing, services and opportunities for the child and the adults in their lives. The appropriate housing and services for children and their parents are identified and offered, and goals and outcomes for both children and the adults are simultaneously tracked.
Helps very low-income families in Child Welfare system: Targets low-income children and their parents, combining interventions for both, to ensure they stay together and move forward as a family. To interrupt the cycle of housing insecurity, child welfare involvement, poverty and trauma, the Two Generation elements emphasize permanent and stable housing, healthcare, recovery and education to create economic and social well-being that passes from one generation to the next.
Having the needs of the children and their parents addressed by keeping them together in a stable home as they participate in coordinated services leads to a multiplier effect that builds up the whole family. Parents are encouraged and motivated by the success of their children and vice versa.
Three Drivers (Data, Equity and Thriving)
Data: As the goals and outcomes for both children and the adults are identified and simultaneously tracked, data collection and use become paramount to ensuring the family is on the right path and headed toward success. It also helps inform the best interventions for other families.
Equity: Developing nurturing environments where needs are identified and met based on where family members are in their lives requires an understanding of, and commitment to, equity. This means providing children and their parents with what they need to succeed, not only in the family itself, but in our communities and society as well.
Thriving: Positioning the children and adults so their lives become more than an example of just scraping by; where their success is measured and recognized by whether they are thriving in their own housing, in school or the workplace, and in the community.
Keeping Families Together uses 1, 2, 3 to empower families in public and other rent-assisted housing by combining the stability of a home with intense case management and services based on the goals of the whole family, while strategically targeting and attending to each child and adult.