The Bringing Families Home program helps students and their families move into a home of their own before they need emergency shelter and other crisis services. These families often are highly mobile, living in hotels and with friends and family without the financial resources and support needed to secure permanent housing. Created in partnership with Richmond Public Schools’ Center for Families in Transition (C-FIT) and initially funded by a $500,000 Community Innovation Grant from the Robins Foundation, Bringing Families Home now includes housing support for students and families in Chesterfield County Public Schools and Henrico County Public Schools.
The referral process is different from our other programs, as families are referred by designated partners and school staff rather than through the Homeless Connection Line. (See our Get Help page for details.) Once enrolled, we can offer financial assistance to facilitate leasing a home, as well as housing search help and housing counseling provided by our case management team.
Over a third of students in housing transition are chronically absent due to reasons such as illness, suspensions, frequent moves, and parental stress. Our Bringing Families Home program helps alleviate these barriers to education by providing the stability of a permanent home.