The New Jersey Department of Children and Families embraced the Keeping Families Together (KFT) supportive housing model to change the trajectory of some struggling families. KFT is a model of supportive housing designed specifically for child-welfare-involved families. KFT is all about improving child well-being and decreasing family separations.
Not only is supportive housing a game changer when it comes to individual success, it is a more cost-effective use of taxpayer dollars. Inexplicably, however, the federal programs used to bolster supportive housing and save money are in a state of limbo, placing at risk the gains we have realized to date.
Those of us in the supportive housing field have recently become eager students of national health reform efforts. The changes in coverage, access, delivery and quality of care have the potential to significantly improve and lengthen the lives of the vulnerable men and women who live in supportive housing.