The Strengthening At-Risk and Homeless Young Mothers and Children Initiative aims to improve the housing, health, and development of at-risk and homeless mothers 18-25 years old who have at least one child 5 years or younger. The goals of the initiative are to improve the housing, health, and development of homeless and at-risk young families.
The Initiative is a partnership between the Conrad H. Hilton Foundation, The National Center on Family Homelessness, National Alliance to End Homelessness, and Zero to Three. There is a Coordinating Center comprised of experts from each of the national partners to provide the expertise needed to inform comprehensive interventions to at-risk and homeless young families. The Coordinating Center also provides technical assistance to the local programs to promote the replication of promising strategies.
The Initiative has four program sites:
- Strong: Strengthening Our Next Generation in Minneapolis, MN is focused on rapid rehousing with services targeted to the needs of young families. Partner agencies involved are the Reuben Lindh Family Services, St. Stephen’s Human Services, and Wayside House.
- Strengthening Young Families in Antelope Valley, CA is focused on creating a mobile, community based system of care. Partner agencies are Valley Oasis; Mental Health America; Healthy Homes, a program of Antelope Valley Hospital, and United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
- FACT in Chicago, IL utilizes a demonstration project to impact community services and policies. Partner agencies are Beacon Therapeutic Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Heartland Alliance, Goldie’s Place, Mercy Housing Lakefront, Inner Voice, Thresholds Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centers, and Voices for Illinois Children.
- Hope & Home in Pomona, CA takes an intensive mental health approach to working with young moms and children. Partner agencies are PROTOTYPES: Centers for Innovation in Health, Mental Health, and Foothill Family Services.
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To learn more about the Strengthening At-Risk and Homeless Young Mothers and Children Initiative go to www.familyhomelessness.org.