At ForKids, we use a wide variety of housing solutions to assist homeless families depending on their needs, and our experience has taught us that simply housing our families is not enough; we must address the root causes of their homelessness in order to affect lasting change through targeted services. Families are assessed through our Regional Housing Crisis Hotline and then referred to shelter and housing services through an evolving coordinated assessment process that involves multiple cities. ForKids is scrupulous about meeting the requirements of our government funders (46% of our budget), yet we believe we are ultimately responsible to our families and the community. Our community contributions (49% of our budget) allow us to be courageous in meeting those responsibilities when funds might not otherwise be available.
Homelessness is a complex and multifaceted issue. To address the individualized needs of the families in our programs, ForKids offers a comprehensive model of assistance. Housing-focused case management, life skills training, job coaching, mental health services, children’s education programming and Good Mojo in-kind distribution are some of the services that we have found to be critical to the success of these families. A typical family at ForKids during FY16 received an average of 220 days of service, entering our emergency shelter program and moving through our rapid re-housing program to obtain permanent housing in the community.