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Supportive housing program for homeless families: Foster care outcomes and best practices

Date Added to Library: 
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 14:20
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.07.012
Priority: 
normal
Individual Author: 
Lenz-Rashid, Sonja
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Research Methodology: 
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Published Date: 
August 2017
Published Date (Text): 
August 2017
Publication: 
Children and Youth Services Review
Volume: 
79
Page Range: 
558-563
Year: 
2017
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Abstract: 

Purpose
This study is an outcome evaluation of Cottage Housing Incorporated's Serna Village Program (CHI), a supportive housing program serving homeless families in Sacramento, California.

Methods
This quasi-experimental study examined a sample of 293 children and youth who lived with their parents in CHI between 2002 and 2009.

Results
71% of the children had a history of foster care before CHI; 10% of the youth reentered foster care after graduating from CHI (compared with reentry rates of 20–40% from other studies). The CHI youth overall spent less time in care after foster care reentry when compared to other Sacramento County youth. Child welfare costs of the sample before entering CHI were $1,313,262, yet at reentry, child welfare costs were $295,632 (2.5 to 5 years after leaving CHI).

Conclusions
Child welfare recidivism rates and total child welfare costs after reentry may decrease for homeless families by providing them with permanent housing and support services. (Author abstract)

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