American Family Housing is a committed and active member of the Family Solutions Collaborative working to end family homelessness. American Family Housing provides housing and an array of support services necessary to help vulnerable populations recover from the long-term effects of homelessness. In addition to the continuum of housing offered, American Family Housing’s services target at-risk populations, such as veterans, families with a disabled household member and vulnerable adults with barriers to housing stability such as mental illness.
Vision: American Family Housing envisions strong Southern California communities where an affordable home is available to everyone, where all children have a place at home to study, and where everyone has a decent kitchen where they can cook.
Mission: American Family Housing knows what it takes for a person or family to access the services and support they need to achieve stability, recover, and pursue their own life goals. These approaches are proven, and can save tax payer dollars, while doing the right thing.
American Family Housing believes the simplest solution is the best and most cost effective. Permanent rental housing for formerly homeless families and individuals, with just the right amount of supportive services.
With programs such as Permanent Supportive Housing, about 25% of American Family Housing’s affordable housing units are considered service enriched permanent supportive housing and are reserved for households with one disabled family member. Their Children’s Program serves all ages and provides educations, therapeutic and social activities that address the impact of homelessness and housing instability on children.
We asked American Family Housing a few questions about their philosophies and strategies, here is what they had to share:
Share an innovative approach you have used to prevent and solve family homelessness:
American Family Housing is opening 207 units in the County of Orange in 2022, which include: 20 new supportive rental housing units of at least two bedrooms in Orange County in 2021, and another 50 one-bedroom rental units designed to be large enough for families. AFH continues to work to prevent and solve homelessness by creating more housing opportunities in all the communities it serves, and works collaboratively, both externally with community partners and stakeholders, but also internally amongst its own teams. In support of serving high-acuity households, AFH is in its second year of operating a Mental Health team created overseen by Licensed Clinical Social Workers, who to help tenants with addressing the challenges that contribute to returning to homelessness, and has an in-house property management team.