Strategies to End Homelessness received a $1 million grant to help support a new community wide plan to combat homelessness. The grant from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation will provide funding to implement Phase 1 of the Solutions for Family Homelessness plan. The grant will be distributed over five years.
Solutions for Family Homelessness was developed by Strategies to End Homelessness, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Family Housing Partnership (Bethany House Services, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati, Salvation Army and YWCA of Greater Cincinnati).
The multi-year plan is designed to proactively address the needs of at-risk and homeless families. Recommendations are focused in four key areas – prevention, capacity building, policy change and housing – and include expanding prevention services, offering specialized services for homeless children and targeting existing housing resources toward at-risk and homeless families.
“Our goal is to make family homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring,” said Kevin Finn, president and CEO of Strategies to End Homelessness. “As we work towards this goal, we will measure our progress in terms of reducing the percentage of families who are turned away without assistance, reducing the length of time families are homeless, and increasing the number of families who enter permanent housing.”