Research

The Bassuk Center is a collaboration of service providers, clinicians, program developers, researchers, policymakers, and activists with the common goal of ending family homelessness in America. In 2015, the center released a comprehensive report regarding homelessness and what needs to occur to end it. This report represents 30 years of studies and research. Community-based providers from all 50 states who have had extensive experience working with families and children experiencing homelessness have endorsed this report.

In this report, the following essential components were identified as critical services that led to families successfully leaving homeless situations:

  1. Permanent affordable housing.
  2. Education, job training and income supports.
  3. Assessment of the needs of parents and children.
  4. Trauma-informed care.
  5. Recognition and treatment of depression in mothers.
  6. Family preservation.
  7. Parenting supports.
  8. Addressing children’s developmental and mental health needs.

Kairos Project 17 (KP17) will work with community-based providers to provide the number one component listed: “Permanent affordable housing.” Note, out of respect for the community we serve, Kairos Project 17 will consistently and intentionally omit the terms ”low-income” and “affordable” in any and all contracts and publications. We will instead use “KP17” when referencing a type of home or financing. We hope that as we develop, KP17 will represent “sincere caring and respect” for the community we serve.

The Support Structures

All of our applications are referred to as Kairos Project 17 (KP17) by our community-based providers. We refer to these entities as our Care Referral Partners (CRP). Care Referral Partners are vetted individually and must support all or most of the identified supports to their client communities (numbers 2-8 from the Bassuk Center Report).

Education, job training, and income supports.

  • Social Values and Skills
  • Safety and Legal Issues
  • Finances
  • Transportation
  • Education & Employment
  • Permanent Housing

Assessment of the needs of parents and children.

  • Trauma-informed Care
  • Physical Health Supports
  • Spiritual Health Supports
  • Food & Nutrition
Recognition and treatment of depression in mothers.

  • Mental Health Supports
  • Emotional Health Supports
  • Future Hopes

Family preservation.

  • Family & Friends Supports
  • Family Role Models
  • Family Mentors
Parenting supports.

  • Parenting and Child Care Supports
  • Homemaking
  • Community Services

Addressing children’s developmental and mental health needs.

  • Self Identity & Self Esteem
  • Mental Health Supports
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Volunteerism

From a matrix perspective, these environments look like this:

Supportive Relationships

Holistic Health

Life Skills

Economic Self-Sufficiency

Community Resources

Self Identity & Self Esteem

Physical Health

Food & Nutrition

Finances

Family Mentor

Parenting & Child Care

Mental Health

Home Making

Transportation

Community Services

Family & Friends

Emotional Health

Social Values & Skills

Education & Employment

Volunteerism

Family Role Models

Spiritual Health

Safety & Legal Issues

Permanent Housing

Future Hopes

From a matrix perspective, these environments look like this:

Supportive Relationships

Self Identity & Self Esteem

Parenting & Child Care

Family & Friends

Family Role Models

Holistic Health

Physical Health

Mental Health

Emotional Health

Spiritual Health

Life Skills

Food & Nutrition

Home Making

Social Values & Skills

Safety & Legal Issues

Economic Self-Sufficiency

Finances

Transportation

Education & Employment

Permanent Housing

Community Resources

Family Mentor

Community Services

Volunteerism

Future Hopes