WHAT IS AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines “affordable” as housing that costs no more than 30 percent of a household’s gross monthly income.
At January’s FaCT Training we were fortunate to have Families Forward provide a Tenant Education Workshop on the ever-changing landscape for housing in Orange County, understanding the process for housing and utility assistance, and how to support families with sustaining housing and working with landlords. We were excited about this opportunity as housing continues to be a big issue impacting the families you serve at the FRCs. According to our most recent FaCT Annual Report for 2015-2016, 30% of basic needs referrals were for housing or utility assistance, all important issues that need to be addressed in order to maintain strong and stable families.
As you are aware, we can’t expect families to be healthy without stable housing and a safe place to live. Families Forward provided the attendees with some key information and resources to support their efforts with educating and assisting families. They shared how it is important to use “strength-based” coaching to assist with housing support and provided some key examples.
If you were not able to attend the workshop and interested, Families Forward is conducting a Free Tenant Education Workshop at their center on February 28th. These free workshops typically take place the 4th Tuesday of the month.