Lead by a coalition consisting of the National Center on Family Homelessness and the National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Initiative) seeks to improve the housing, health, and development of homeless and at-risk young mothers and children. This project is funded by a grant from the Hilton Foundation. To best meet the complex needs of these families, the Initiative supports locally-based partnerships that include housing/homelessness and child development agencies, as well as those that address family preservation, domestic violence, mental health, substance use, and other support services for the target population. The Initiative seeks to improve the experiences of families in the participating sites and also to impact systems and services for other families and programs. The Initiative includes four program sites located in Pomona, California; Antelope Valley, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Chicago, Illinois. These programs are currently serving 38 families within this project.
In 2009, the Initiative engaged ZTT to provide TA to the four sites. Our TA efforts focus on effective provision of services to very young children and their families and on understanding the impact of child abuse and neglect, and working with the child welfare system on behalf of the families.