Transitional housing, case management and wrap-around social services help families with children on their path to self-sufficiency.
Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) announced it was awarded a $100,000 Daniels Fund grant to reduce family homelessness locally by providing services to struggling families with the goal of helping them become self sufficient and ending the cycle of poverty for future generations. The grant funds will support EFAA’s transitional housing program, which houses families in crisis for up to two years while they get back on their feet and find permanent housing. The Daniels Fund has supported EFAA for more than 10 years.
“When we see that half the homeless population in Boulder County is families with children, we know that EFAA has tremendous opportunity to empower vulnerable families to create a better future for themselves,” says Julie Van Domelen, EFAA’s Executive Director. “Our long-term, whole-family approach means that not only do we help clients with their most immediate needs for food and housing, but we also help their children and reduce intergenerational poverty traps.”
EFAA’s wrap-around services take a multi-faceted approach to helping families, each with their own unique situations. EFAA’s programs build on client’s strengths and situate the client as the main driver of change in their lives. EFAA’s housing program is structured to ensure that every household receiving services is also provided with strength-based case management to help clients budget and plan for their exit from EFAA housing.
“With self-sufficiency as our ultimate goal, movement along the economic continuum represents positive change in the condition of vulnerable families,” says Elizabeth Freedman, EFAA’s Director of Programs. “This entails ensuring that basic safety-net services are provided and that, over time, families move to a better condition as a result of their contact with EFAA.”
EFAA has just embarked on implementation of a 5-year strategic plan targeted at creating conditions for income mobility for the next generation, which the Daniels Fund grant will help support. Expanded and new programs are using a longer term, whole-family approach to address issues that contribute to intergenerational poverty. The plan focuses on providing deeper case management and supportive services, better leveraging partnerships with other agencies to increase client access to services, and taking a more active role in educating the community about the issues that locally impact poverty and family homelessness.
ABOUT EMERGENCY FAMILY ASSISTANCE ASSOCIATION
EFAA has been dedicated to helping residents of Boulder and Broomfield Counties meet their basic needs since 1918 and acts as a safety net for families, individuals, people with disabilities and seniors. EFAA operates 53 emergency and transitional housing units, provides food, rent assistance, utilities assistance, furniture, and supports clients’ efforts toward financial stability and self-sufficiency through long-term and short-term casework, education and advocacy. Last year, EFAA served more than 8,000 clients. For more information please visit www.efaa.org or connect with EFAA Boulder on Facebook and Twitter.
ABOUT DANIELS FUND
The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative. Visit DanielsFund.org to learn more.