Children's Aid Announces Creation of Housing Stability Resource Center
The Children's Aid Society is proud to announce the creation of the Housing Stability Resource Center, designed to provide critical and targeted comprehensive services for families threatened with homelessness.
The Housing Stability Resource Center is part of the Office of Public Policy & Client Advocacy (OPPCA). In addition to promoting policies that support children and families, OPPCA provides civil legal services and distributes direct assistance from The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund to children, youth and parents. OPPCA’s 15 years of experience has demonstrated that cash assistance, though frequently essential, is often not enough to bring long-term stability to our families. The distress caused by months and years of living on the edge of poverty undermines families’ health and well being. While the most evident symptom may be the loss of viable housing, the trauma preceding that loss takes an enormous toll on all aspects of family life.
A new grant from The New York Times Foundation now allows us to round out our comprehensive services model to all families referred to us for rental arrears and other housing emergencies. By incorporating an array of programs and supports based on each family’s needs, we aim to stabilize families over at least a 24- month period, thereby reducing the effects of impending homelessness on children and allowing breathing space for parents to begin long-range financial planning.
The Children’s Aid’s new Housing Stability Resource Center will provide targeted interventions to deliver the following services to families threatened with homelessness:
- An integrated array of key services and supports to provide each family with access to the life-altering service it needs,
- Material assistance, such as The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund and other grants and stipends,
- Advocacy for families’ legal and public benefits issues, and
Life coaching or case management and concrete services to support and reinforce steps toward economic stability.