Join One Roof to advance the role of housing and services as critical to reimagining of child welfare and investing in strengthening families and communities.

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Key Strategies

In order to achieve these goals, CSH will use a three-pronged approach that relies on robust public communication and engagement, programmatic implementation, and aggressive advocacy to secure and align resources.

  • Elevate publicly the need to raise awareness about the promise and potential of supportive housing for vulnerable families.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to build the capacity of communities to launch supportive housing targeted to families at-risk of intergenerational homelessness and child welfare involvement.
  • Secure private, public and philanthropic support and obtain federal, state and local commitments for resources and systems change that promotes and facilitates cooperation and collaboration between the housing and child welfare systems.

Measuring Success

One Roof will measure its success based on the number of stakeholders committed to its mission along with the creation of new supportive housing for families at the intersection of homelessness and child welfare involvement. CSH anticipates that One Roof will also have positive long-term outcomes and measurable impacts on families, ultimately changing the life trajectory for children: breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty, homelessness, and child welfare involvement. Below are some proposed metrics that CSH could use to help measure success on a national and community level:

  • Increase housing stability among families.
  • Decrease in the number of encounters with the child welfare system.
  • Increase in the number of children who safely remain with their parents.
  • Decrease in the number of days that a child spends in foster care.
  • Increase in the number of children who reunify with their families.
  • Improved health and well-being of parents and children.
  • Improved educational outcomes; addressing chronic absenteeism and increasing school attendance.