Simpson’s Family Housing Program is our largest program. Simpson serves families who are experiencing homelessness by providing intensive case management and subsidized rental housing. Emphasis is placed on helping families quickly secure stable housing. Individualized services are focused on life skills, positive parenting, education, and employment. These services all seek to help families achieve long-term housing stability and success.
In Fiscal Year 2017/2018, Simpson worked with 289 families with 649 children, and 88% of families maintained stable housing for at least one year.
Simpson’s dual focus on family support and children’s programming is unique among organizations providing services to families experiencing homelessness. Dedicated advocates help connect parents to our Children and Youth Services Programs to provide specific support to children, including:
The Early Childhood Program uses a home visiting model to promote the healthy development of young children and their families. Goals for the program include on-track developmental growth, parental engagement in literacy and language activities, along with placement in high-quality childcare. Staff partners with parents to provide the support and resources to ensure their children are ready for kindergarten through a combination of wellness, developmental, and educational support services.
Educational support advocates and highly trained literacy volunteers work closely with children and families to improve reading and academic skills through weekly tutoring specifically designed to meet the needs of each individual student. Goals for the program include improved academic performance, increased attendance, improved self-efficacy, and strong parental involvement in their child’s education.
For school-aged children in our Family Housing Program we offer two mentoring programs, one for students grade K-5th with a focus on literacy skills and one for students grades 5-8th focusing on leadership and personal exploration. The Mentoring and Youth Development Programs pair youth with highly qualified volunteer mentors for weekly meetings that explore mentees’ areas of interest in academics and enrichment opportunities to help them build skills in a supportive relationship with caring adults.
In Fiscal Year 2017/2018, 150 children participated in Simpson’s Children and Youth Services Programs.
Learn more about Children and Youth Services here.