Why Transitional Housing for Families?

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

Two “buzzwords”/ hot topics in the housing sector: Rapid Rehousing and Housing First.  Both of these ideas essentially follow the belief of: “move a person experiencing homelessness into permanent housing as quickly as possible to have the best outcomes.”


Sounds great, right?  In some cases and in some places, it has been; (initially, at least—we don’t have much long-term data yet).  And research has shown that when dealing with specific populations—chronically homeless single men, for instance—the practice has been largely successful.

However, I think, and new research shows, that for families, Housing First is not always the answer.


A St. Lawrence Place Success Story

Posted by: Ashley Harp

L. Furtick

Latasha & her family

Ms. Latasha Furtick has been a resident at St. Lawrence Place since May 2013.  In the three and half months that Ms. Furtick has been here, she has completed two very important goals; earning her GED and her Medical Assistant certificate.

Social Justice Thought for the Day (a quote)

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

“The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people’s children.”

~Marian Wright Edelman


Live Oak Place: New Affordable Housing for Formerly Homeless Families

Posted by: Lila Anna Sauls


Almost 25 years ago a group of caring, concerned, people came together to talk about homeless families in Columbia. They talked about what they needed – not just temporarily, but long term – to permanently get out of the heartbreaking situation they had found themselves in. These caring, concerned, parishioners of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral founded Trinity Housing Corporation, a 501-c-3 with its own board of directors and staff, to take on this task.

Trinity Housing started with a duplex, on Hope Avenue. (When I tell this story people think I made up the street name, it’s so absolutely fitting…) When the City of Columbia offered property on Waites Road in early 1991, St. Lawrence Place was born, and two families became 28.


Changes in US Poverty Rates, 2007-2011 (cool infographic)

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

The Value of the Homelessness Sector

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

Homelessness agencies provide human, societal, and economic value, not only for the people experiencing homelessness for which we provide services, but for the population as a whole.

Read The Homeless Hub brief below for more details:

Value of the Homelessness Sector