Over 600,000 people in the US are homeless, 41% are families with children
How do we SOLVE family homelessness?
We solve it by ending “the Churn”
Many public assistance programs offer inadequate responses for family homelessness. Shelters, motel vouchers and even government subsidized housing provide a Band-Aid fix, but not a permanent solution–because it does not address or resolve the root causes of homelessness.
“The Churn” explained
Watch Video [0m:46s]: Founder of Solutions for Change, Chris Megison, explains “The Churn”
Watch Video [0m:43s]: Families at Solutions for Change share their stories of “The Churn”
We’re solving it for children
There are about a half a million children caught in the churn here in the United States, and unless we commit to solving it, these children face a greater likelihood of falling into the pattern of generational poverty and homelessness in the future.
Creating generational transformations
Watch Video [0m:32s]: Chris Megison explains the growing problem of children caught in “the Churn”
Watch Video [1m:20s]: Families explain the impact of homelessness on children what it’s like to solve it
The Solutions Model
A complete and permanent solution
Solutions for Change creates access to the right set of opportunities and then equips families with the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to permanently solve their homelessness. The three pillars of our program are Solutions University, with its life transforming programs; Solutions Enterprises, a collection of social enterprise programs that empower residents to learn and earn; and Solutions in the Community, the investment by the residents of their time and effort to help the community of which they are a part.
Transforming families and communities
Watch Video [0m:44s]: Chris Megison, explains what solving family homelessness looks like
Watch Video [1m:38s]: Families at Solutions for Change explain what ending the cycle means to them
Solving family homelessness through Servant Leadership
Solutions for Change equips families with leadership skills that serve as the foundation for future success. From family life to work life, participants in our program learn how to create meaningful relationships built on trust, honesty, respect and concern.
What is Servant Leadership?
Servant Leadership is best described as the desire and practice to inspire and equip those we influence. Through Servant Leadership, families value continual improvement in their lives and in those they influence. Leading by example through self-awareness, humility and accountability, families initiate change with courage, developing personal skills and strengths to positively influence others.
3x the results at 1/3 the cost
The Total Cost Of Public Support (TCPS) for homeless families includes two components: the financial cost and the human cost. The financial cost is not just the immediate cost of re-housing a family. It’s the cost of ongoing public support services, including repeat turns through the homeless cycle—”the churn.” Most important, however, is the human cost of missed opportunities in adults, and sacrificed futures for children, which fuels the problem further, creating future generations of families facing homelessness and poverty.
Economic cost comparison
Watch Video [1m:14s]: Chris Megison, compares the cost of temporary vs permanent solutions
Watch Video [0m:53s]: Families at Solutions for Change share the economic benefit of permanent solutions
Pictured Above: Founder Chris Megison with mayors of Carlsbad, Escondido, San Marcos, Oceanside and Vista after receiving the 5 city proclamation adopting the Solutions Model.
The most effective model for solving family homelessness
The Solutions for Change Transformational Housing Model is adopted by all 5 city mayors in North County San Diego for solving family homelessness. On May 7th, 2013 the cities of Carlsbad, Escondido, San Marcos, Oceanside and Vista issued a proclamation recognizing Solutions for Change for its results and adopting the model to solve homelessness in these 5 cities.
Adopted by 5 city mayors
Watch Video [7m:29s]: Solutions for Change receives first of five city proclamations adopting the Solutions Model
Transforming lives through hope-filled purpose
Solutions for Change is a complete solution for family homelessness, but it doesn’t stop there. When you transform families now, you transform families for generations to come. Families often struggle in “the churn” before finding Solutions for Change. Through Solutions University, families discover hope-filled purpose and forever change the course of their lives. Parents become role models, children excel in school, and new opportunities become possible for families and communities.
See Jennifer’s journey below
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