At Housing Families, we believe in the importance of physical and mental health as many children and adults experience trauma through homelessness and poverty. We provide individualized support for families and individuals to help them overcome this trauma, from therapy and counseling services to holistic case management. We also offer a Community Resource Hub, which operates as a food pantry for the families and individuals we serve, while also providing essentials like cleaning supplies and baby formula.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, childhood exposure to the stressors caused by homelessness slows children’s cognitive and social-emotional development.
of homeless youth reported they experienced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder for more than a month (US Department of HHS)
people in Massachusetts experience hunger, 100K of which are children, according to Feeding America
of children experienced emotional growth through GYFP
individuals are expected to receive food from Housing Families each week
Adults and children who participate in Housing Families’ wellness programs receive individualized trauma support. We help them learn to identify with others, effectively communicate, manage their feelings, develop a positive sense of self, and heal from the effects of toxic stress caused by trauma.
In the Summer of 2021 we opened the Community Resource Hub to provide a number of essentials beyond the traditional food pantry, including food, cleaning supplies, hygiene products and diapers, and more.
Children who experience homelessness often have increased levels of anxiety and stress. The counseling and individual therapy we provide to children allows them work through their feelings and help them heal from this trauma. It is a critical step in helping children flourish academically, socially, and emotionally.
At Housing Families, we understand the unique challenges and strategies of parenting with a history of homelessness. Our parent support groups allow members to learn from each other and share their experiences. Our art and relaxation group also provides support for parents who want to further connect with and relate to their children.
In addition to support groups, we offer individual therapy for parents experiencing homelessness and trauma. Our program provides mental health counseling and trauma support for parents’ wellness, and helps parents learn to best care for their children as they embark on their journeys toward healing.
Our Community Resource Hub is located in Malden for the families and individuals that Housing Families serves. The Hub operates at a level greater than traditional food pantry, with offerings beyond food. We also provide a number of other essentials, from diapers to cleaning supplies, to hygiene products.
Elizabeth Kia, LICSW
The G.R.E.A.T. Youth and Families Therapeutic Afterschool program engages students in academic tutoring and therapy through individualized and group interventions. Our students utilize their strengths and support from staff to develop skills related to frustration tolerance, self-regulation, emotion identification, and executive functioning to further their academic, social, and emotional growth. Our kids are encouraged to show up as their authentic self, strive for their dreams, and HAVE FUN!