Supportive Housing for Homeless Families: Foster Care Outcomes and Best Practices

Photo of Dr. Sonja Lenz-Rashid

On May 14, 2013, we joined Cottage Housing Incorporated to release the Supportive Housing for Homeless Families: Foster Care Outcomes and Best Practices report at Sierra Health Foundation.

Stakeholders and policymakers from throughout the region learned about a successful approach to permanent housing social support and case management services that can break the cycle of abuse and neglect and significantly reduce re-entry into the foster care system at a lower cost to taxpayers.

We were pleased to welcome Dr. Sonja Lenz-Rashid from San Francisco State University (pictured at right), the researcher and author of the report, who shared outcomes of her powerful study of nearly 300 children and youth who had a history in the foster care and child protective services systems.

A panel discussion followed, with Arlene Cullum, Sutter Medical Center Director of Women’s and Children’s Ambulatory Services and Cottage Housing Incorporated Board Member; Lisa Bates, California Housing and Community Development Deputy Director; Michelle Callejas, Sacramento County Director of Child Protective Services; and Phil Serna, Sacramento County District 1 Supervisor.