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.

Summer Volunteers Rock!

Posted by: Jessica Malovic

summer literacy pic

It is estimated that the “Summer Slide” accounts for as much as 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower income students and their middle- and upper income peers according to Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Frazen, authors of the article Why Summer Matters in the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap, August 2009.


Encouraging Words from a Former SLP Resident

Posted by: RJames

Here at SLP we often see families come and go, however it’s always a great thing when families give back!

Summer Camp & Literacy Gains

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematics over the summer months.  Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains in reading, (Cooper, 1996).

Cocky’s Reading Express event at the USC Horseshoe

Last summer, in order to help combat this summer learning loss, and through a generous grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation, we provided a quality, literacy-based, full-day summer learning program for 32 homeless and impoverished children ages 4-11.

Success Story: From Homeless to Happy

Posted by: Ashley Harp

A lot of times we go through things in life so that we may use our story as a testimony for someone else in need. As I interview potential clients, a good bit of them tell me that they would like to give back and share their story with others who are in the same situation as they are. READ MORE