How Does Charlotte Family Housing Work?
Charlotte Family Housing’s strategic model utilizes three crucial components to help the families that we serve achieve life-long success, stability, and self-sufficiency:
- Housing families: Families begin their journey to upward economic mobility in the shelter phase, either at one of CFH’s two HUD-compliant shelter facilities or in a CFH-approved hotel. Families can then concentrate on short-term and long-term goals without worrying about where their children will sleep each night. Annually, around 65% of the individuals CFH serves are children and our shelter facilities truly become their temporary homes. CFH assists people leaving shelters to obtain transitional subsidized housing, ultimately preparing them for long-term sustainable and unsubsidized housing within a year or two. Housing resource coordinators connect families with housing through a network of over 70 partner housing providers in 21 zip codes.
- Partnership and Counseling: In collaboration with several community partners, CFH’s licensed clinical social workers provide wraparound supportive services for each family. They address barriers to family stability and facilitate pathways to financial literacy, education, health and wellness, and job readiness. CFH is a trauma-informed agency that employs nationally recognized practices to help families heal from the trauma of poverty and homelessness.
- Empowering Tools: CFH employs a two-generation approach focused on fostering independence instead of enabling dependence. Through social worker-led programming and counseling, financial literacy training for parents and children, collaboration with community partners, and volunteer support, all family members over 18 years of age gain access to living-wage employment, establish financial goals, and achieve long-term financial stability
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