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CRITICAL SERVICES

Breaking the cycle of family homelessness in Hampton Roads since 1988.

If you are facing a housing crisis, call our housing crisis hotline at: (757) 587-4202

CRITICAL SERVICES

Last year, ForKids’s services provided intensive assistance to a total of 1,429 individuals, including 905 children and 524 adults.

Our experience has taught us that to effectively break the cycle of homelessness and poverty in which many families find themselves, homeless parents and children need quick access to comprehensive support services, and that these services must follow them to permanent housing. This full spectrum service model simultaneously identifies the compound root causes of each family’s homelessness and improves their health, education, and circumstances with supportive services culminating in self-reliant families with permanent housing. Homelessness may be part of their past, but our goal is that it will not be their future.

HOUSING PLACEMENT

Families at ForKids work with one of our Housing Specialists to search for appropriate housing, assist with landlord negotiations if needed, and access housing assistance from dozens of different available sources.

JOB COACHING

Adults and teens in our families work with ForKids’s Job Coaches to determine employment and education history, and job readiness. Our coaches develop and maintain relationships with local employers to provide credible employment leads culminating in job placement.  Coaches also provide resume assistance and childcare or transportation as needed for job-related appointments.

MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTATIONS

Mental Health Specialists at ForKids assess mental health needs, provide information about accessing resources in the community, provide referrals and hands-on assistance with appointments, and provide crisis intervention as needed. We maintain direct partnerships with a psychologist, an in-home mental health provider, outpatient counseling clinics, and community health centers to increase access to free or income-based mental health services.

COORDINATION OF CARE & CRITICAL TIME INTERVENTION CASE MANAGEMENT

Family Case Managers at ForKids provide adults and children with initial assessments, health consultations, referrals to resources, and on-going coordination of care.  Family Case Managers quickly connect adults and children to these partners, creating pathways to long-term stability. Through critical time intervention case management, we provide nine months of support starting with high-intensity services that slowly transition to periodic support to assure stability. ForKids has established key partnerships with over 400 qualified housing-related resource providers in Hampton Roads with whom we collaborate to ensure our families are connected to care.  Approximately 100 of those resources are located in Norfolk.

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