Simpson serves families who are experiencing homelessness with intensive case management, advocacy services, and subsidized rental housing. Most of the families we work with have barriers to their housing stability. Emphasis is placed on securing permanent housing and increasing life skills, parenting skills, education, and employment to assist in maintaining housing into the future.
In Fiscal Year 2016/2017, Simpson worked with 266 families with 533 children and 87% of families maintained stable housing for at least one year.
This program uses subsidized, supportive rental housing for families with children. A major focus of the Family Housing Program is to break the generational cycle of homelessness by offering both family and child/youth-specific support. Our emphasis on children’s programming is unique among organizations providing services to families experiencing homelessness.
Dedicated Family Advocates help parents locate and retain stable, affordable housing and attain personal goals related to financial stability, education, or employment, and work closely with Children and Youth Services to provide specific support to children, including:
Early Childhood Program: 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, placement in high-quality childcare, and intervention services as needed.
Educational Advocacy Program: Educational Support Advocates and highly trained literacy volunteers work closely withchildren and families to improve reading and academic skills with 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.
Mentoring and Youth Development Program: The Mentoring and Youth Development programs pair youth with highly qualified volunteer mentors for weekly meetings that explore mentee’s areas of interest in academics, career, or enrichment opportunities and help youth build skills such as leadership and self-efficacy. SHS currently offers two mentoring programs, one for students grades K-5th with a focus on literacy skills and one for students grades 5-8th focusing on leadership and personal exploration.
Learn more about Children and Youth Services here.