New Brief: Trauma-Informed Care in Homeless Service Settings
The National Center's SHIFT Study found that 93 percent of mothers experiencing homelessness have a history of trauma, and approximately half met the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Given the potentially devastating impact of untreated trauma on families and society, it is critical that service systems recognize and respond to the unique needs of trauma survivors. Provide trauma-informed care requires and organizational commitment to building the knowledge, awareness, and skills needed to create service environments that support recover and healing. Read Trauma-Informed Care in Homeless Service Settings by The National Center staff for more information and resources.
2013 Youth Point in Time Count Numbers Released
At the end of January, more than 400 Continuums of Care in communities across the country conducted annual Point-In-Time (PIT) counts of people experiencing homelessness. These counts, overseen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), identify the number of homeless people in shelters and unsheltered locations on a single night. This year, HUD emphasized the importance of including homeless youth in the PIT counts. A total of 46,924 unaccompanied homeless children and youth were counted on a single night. Of the youth counted, 87 percent were between the ages of 18 and 24. Read the full report.
Partners United for Supportive Housing Cedar Rapids
The Partners United for Supportive Housing Cedar Rapids (PUSH-CR) project, led by Four Oaks, is providing supportive housing and comprehensive assessment and services for Iowan families involved in the child welfare system where homelessness or another imminent housing crisis is a factor. The project represents a merger of two systems - child welfare and housing - to serve some of Cedar Rapid's most vulnerable families. The Center is PUSH-CR's technical assistance partner and was responsible for designing, coordinating, and conducting a Readiness Assessment during the project's 2013 planning phase. As the project moves into implementation, The National Center will conduct an Implementation Assessment and prove training on trauma and family mental health. Learn more.