Twenty-Three Homeless Families Housed Since January 1

Press release from Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services:

humboldt county department of health and human servicesSince the beginning of the year, 23 formerly homeless families have moved into housing thanks to a CalWORKs grant announced late last year.

The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Program—CalWORKs—provides needy families with time-limited cash assistance and welfare-to-work services.

The CalWORKs Housing Support Program grant, available to eligible CalWORKs families, uses the rapid-rehousing model, an evidence-based practice that reduces the amount of time families spend on the street or in transitional housing.

“Because of this grant, we have been able to create Housing Action Teams to assist these families with a variety of services to help get them housed,” said Marti Hufft, CalWORKs program manager at the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). A Housing Action Team is made-up of the family, social worker, social services aid and property owner and other supports as needed.

The almost $500,000 Housing Support Program grant, provided by the California Department of Social Services, funds a range of services and supports for qualified families, from housing search and application assistance to short-term cash aid for rent and utilities.

According to the terms of the grant application, families whose housing situation is most dire are given first consideration.

“It is very difficult for parents to hold down jobs and children to do well in school when they do not have a place to live,” said DHHS Social Services Director Stephanie Weldon. “It is so encouraging to see that since January 1, 23 families—47 children and 35 adults—are in housing thanks to this grant.”

Weldon added that DHHS staffers are continuing to build action teams to provide more robust case management and support to local families.

For more information about the CalWORKs program and to see if you qualify, visit humboldtgov.org/525/CalWORKs or call 1-877-410-8809.

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5 comments

  • Welcome home families !

  • Yay!! Thank you for reporting on this, I don’t think people realize how many children don’t have homes. There are many families who just can’t get by for whatever reason, not drugs or drinking, but truly are down on their luck.

    So nice to hear about good things happening, especially from DHHS. I hope they continue to inform us of the things they are actually getting done

  • It’s a very good start.much healthier for everybody.Not all homeless people are bad,it’s the drug users,thiefs,criminal element there.its not right that children have to live outside not knowing if they get to eat or not.it makes me cry to think they have nothing,why I sit in warmth,my husband and I have over the years taken in lots of kids whose parnets.just gave up on them,feed them and love them still do.so when you talk about the family’s without homes please be a little more kind.

  • Wonderful news!
    Now, if we could just turn back time & undo the reasons they became homeless in the first place.

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