Children and youth who experience housing instability are not only at-risk physically, but they also experience higher rates of learning disabilities and emotional and behavioral issues than children who have stable housing. The Children’s Services Fund works to alleviate the compounded impact housing instability has on Jackson County’s most vulnerable residents by supporting temporary shelter services.
More Than A Roof Over Their Heads
Accompanied children often find themselves unhoused due to domestic violence or emergencies. Unaccompanied children, generally adolescents, find themselves unhoused when they are asked to leave home or run away to escape neglect, abuse, and violence from their caregivers. In 2021, nearly 13,000 children and youth in Jackson County lacked a fixed, regular, or adequate residence to which they could return each night*.
The CSF deems Temporary Shelter an essential area of service because it helps children break out of cycles of poverty and violence. To this end, we partner with organizations that offer short-term housing and services for children, youth, and families housing instability.
In addition to a safe, dry place to stay, our partner organizations in the Temporary Shelter service area also offer varying educational, case management, and counseling services that specifically address the needs of adults and children who find themselves unhoused. When it comes to children and adolescents, these interventions play an especially crucial role in empowering young individuals to heal from trauma and regain a sense of security. The high-quality care many of our partner organizations offer make it possible for children and youth residents to continue their education, build life skills, and strengthen coping strategies.
When children and youth have access to safe environments, education, and emotional and mental health support, they can continue, or perhaps, for the first time in their lives, begin journeys of healthy development despite the crises that created the need for shelter.
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Investing in Temporary Shelters Services Strengthens Jackson County
Ensuring Healthier Futures
Access to quality temporary shelter preserves the holistic health of kids, reducing future healthcare burdens.
Continuity of Education
Temporary shelter services promote regular school attendance, improving children’s future prospects.
Housing and supporting youth from unstable homes gives them a chance to be good community members.
The CSF difference
As a voter-approved, tax-funded program, the CSF works to elevate and “raise the tide” for everyone working to support kids in Jackson County. Investing in mental health services, our partners, their programs and collaboration for innovation is what’s best for our kids — and our community.