Homelessness Prevention

Surveys / Assessments

Efforts to help families stay in permanent housing are critical to keeping new cases from entering the homeless system and could help alleviate some of the pressure on emergency shelters (Cunningham, 2009).  Homelessness prevention programs provide financial assistance (such as rental, mortgage, security deposit, or utility payment assistance), legal and mediation services, or other supportive services directly related to the prevention of homelessness to eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction, foreclosure or homelessness or are currently homeless. Homelessness prevention programs are designed to stabilize individuals and families in their existing homes, shorten the amount of time that individuals and families stay in shelters and assist individuals and families with securing affordable housing.

By Urban Institute



Sources Cited

Cunningham, Mary. 2009. Preventing and Ending Homelessness – Next Steps. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute.

Retrieved on January 18, 2012 from Community Shelter Board website: http://www.csb.org/