Family Solutions Collaborative Members
The Family Solutions Collaborative has identified six areas of focus to bring the collective impact of best practices and resources to advance the system of care for homeless families in Orange County. These include:
- Coordinated Entry System to meet family needs
- Comprehensive housing options are available and optimally utilized to meet the need
- Prevention and Diversion Strategies that reduce inflow into the system to reduce family homelessness
- Effective data and performance management systems
- Community engagement and collective efforts around the shared goal of ending family homelessness
- Bed Reservation System for FSC Family Shelters and compliance with the FSC Shared Family Shelter Guidelines
November 2022 Member Spotlight: Colette’s Children’s Home
Colette’s Children’s Home (CCH) is a nonprofit organization based in Huntington Beach, CA that has provided housing and supportive services to over 5,700 homeless women and children over the past 24 years. Their mission is to provide homeless single women and homeless mothers with children a safe home and nurturing environment where they obtain compassionate support and services needed to achieve self-sufficiency.
CCH began renting a two-bedroom apartment in the city of Huntington Beach in 1998, housing up to 6 homeless women and children each night. The agency now owns and operates 21 Emergency, Transitional, and permanent housing sites. They have the capacity to serve over 400 homeless single women, homeless mothers and children, and low-income individuals at any given point in time. Their shelters are in the cities of Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Anaheim, Placentia, and Garden Grove.
To achieve the agency’s goal of self-sufficiency for each client, their program provides help for clients to reunify with their children, resolve legal and financial problems, maintain sobriety, secure gainful employment, and establish a budget and savings plan whereby 80% of their discretionary income is placed in a savings account to ensure the financial means to continued stability upon program graduation. They also support increased self-determination and self-sufficiency through Life Skills class meetings held once a week in the evenings. These classes address topics such as parenting, job skills, securing employment, financial budgeting and management, reunification with children, and substance abuse relapse prevention.
FSC Membership Requirements
Members of the FSC sign a formal MOU and commit to at a minimum, the following:
- Member agency has a primary goal to serve literally homeless families or families at-risk of homelessness in Orange County, CA with children ages 0-17, including pregnant women, or re-unifying with minor-aged children.
- Member agency is committed to a Housing First model in their programs and services. (Review the US Interagency Council on Homelessness checklist HERE) and the model is reflected in the programs and services and is part of their written policies and procedures.
- Member agency must operate at least one of the following programs: Homeless prevention, Rapid Rehousing, Permanent and Supportive Housing, Homeless Street Outreach, Housing Vouchers, Outreach Services Emergency Shelter or Transitional Housing. If an agency provides Emergency Shelter, they are committed to the practices set forth in the FSC Shared Family Shelter Guidelines found HERE
- Member agency is committed to using client-centered Diversion strategies, and this is reflected in your programs and services. Learn more about Diversion strategies HERE
- Member agency is committed to providing Trauma-Informed services and is reflected in your programs and services, policies, and procedures, including ongoing training to staff (Review the US Interagency Council on Homelessness best-practice guide on Trauma-Informed services HERE)
- Member agency is committed to non-discrimination in the provision of services and will accept families and their family members regardless of race, religion or lack thereof, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical disability, marital status and is reflected in your programs and services, written policies and procedures and ongoing staff training.
- If the Member is a housing provider, the agency shall share housing their housing opportunities with the Coordinated Entry System and participate in the Family Coordinated Entry System.
- Member agency must be a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.
- Member agency participates in the Family Coordinated Entry System (Family CES) and utilizes the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) database. Domestic Violence / Victim Service organizations are exempt from the HMIS requirement but shall be amenable to working with an FSC Access Point to provide de-identified data of DV / VS families participating in FCES, to show outcomes and impact. DV / VS providers will work collectively towards integrating client data into HMIS. DV / VS Providers are excluded from the Bed Reservation System.
- Member agencies participate in and contribute to county-wide FSC projects.
- For more information on FSC Membership, please email email@example.com