Jun 26, 2014
The SHIFT (Service and Housing Interventions for Families in Transition) Study examined longitudinal outcomes among families experiencing homelessness and entering an emergency shelter, transitional housing, or permanent supportive housing program.
Their findings include a prevalence of major traumatic experiences for these mothers, which translates to physical and emotional problems among their children as well.
Findings indicate that an effective response to family homelessness by housing and homeless programs should include the following package of essential supports, which St. Lawrence Place aims to embody for families:
- Housing in a setting appropriate for each family
- Comprehensive needs assessments to target services
- Trauma-informed approach for all services
- Case management to address income, education and employment
- Parenting skill training and supports
- Services to address maternal depression and post-traumatic stress disorder
- Child-focused programs and service planning to support health, well-being and academic success
Jun 17, 2014
From time to time, we all may lose jobs, experience financial hardship or even financial devastation that causes those of us who are parents to make the difficult decision of temporarily placing our children in the care of the State. In other unfortunate times, children are taken away from parents due to neglect caused by poor parenting skills, drug abuse, exposure to domestic violence or other situations that may harm the child.
Jun 12, 2014
On May 28th, the SLP Alumni Association–made up of families who have graduated the SLP program and have committed to giving back to SLP and the current families–hosted the first SLP Alumni Association Cookout! All SLP staff, current residents, and alumni were invited, and we had hotdogs, hamburgers, and all the fixin’s served up under the picnic shelter at SLP.
Jun 5, 2014
In our last blog post, you read about the summer slide and how it disproportionately affects children living in poverty.