As discussed in our previous blog post there are a number of reasons behind family homelessness. Often the problem is multifaceted and requires more assistance than solely providing a roof for those families. This is not to say that paving the way to permanent housing should not be a priority, however it is only part of the solution. Providing a supportive and nurturing environment for both moms and their children is crucial for regaining self-esteem in order to thrive as active and integral members of their community.
Support services such as training and education are very important as they help moms and their kids develop tangible skills that allow them to succeed in the community. Children can heal from the traumas of homelessness and stay in school if they are in a stable environment. Youth development programs designed to meet their specialized needs help children regain a sense of stability. These programs address the academic, emotional, and behavioral needs of kids who have experienced homelessness. Adult training and education is equally important as it equips moms with essential life skills that help them find a job and get back on their feet. Youth development programs coupled with adult education and a safe place to live provide a holistic solution to the multifaceted problem of homelessness. The family-centered approach at Brookview House is one such holistic solution.