The Issue: Homeless Families Living in Placer County
In January 2010, there were 1,504 people experiencing homelessness on a given night in Placer County, according to data from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. That report also indicates that the number of people within Placer County experiencing sheltered and unsheltered homelessness has increased by 71% from the year before and more than 126% over the past five years. As traumatic as homelessness can be for an individual adult, the effects are typically more pronounced in children, who often acquire health problems, developmental delays, and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.
The Campaign: Distributing Household Welcome Baskets
If this Grassroots campaign raises $250, then Roseville Home Start can provide welcome baskets with basic household necessities for five families moving into transitional housing. Each welcome basket will contain personal toiletries, paper products, and cleaning supplies to help ease each family's first few weeks of transition. Home Start's transitional-housing program provides structured case management for families with children that are experiencing homelessness, helping enable them to secure permanent employment and housing of their own. Its ultimate goal is to leave a total of 20 welcome baskets in units for individual families in order to add to their comfort in their new homes. Each additional $50 raised will purchase a welcome basket for another family.
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Roseville Home Start
Roseville Home Start began as a transitional housing corporation in 1995, but could not afford to continue its services due to the rent it owed at its location—a motel in Roseville. With the aid of donors, Home Start bought the location and renovated it. Today it’s 27 housing units and 99 beds shelter families with children who are experiencing homelessness for one-year periods. During that year, these families work with case managers to gain GEDs, learn about financial planning, acquire work, and find permanent homes. They can also attend therapy sessions to help them overcome any trauma they may have experienced. For the next year after families leave the transitional housing, Home Start maintains contact to ensure they undergo a stable transition into their new lives.