Access to safe, affordable housing is critical to the long-term success of hardworking families, and our community. When children have a place to call home, and families have their most basic needs met, parents can be empowered to work toward financial stability and self-sufficiency. EFAA is the only organization in Boulder County that provides short-term housing to families with children.
While EFAA’s Basic Needs Program helps keep families in their homes with things like rent and utility bill assistance, EFAA’s Housing Program provides homes to local families with children who would otherwise be homeless.
EFAA Reduces Family Homelessness
80% of families who exit EFAA’s housing program successfully find affordable, permanent housing. In FY 2015 EFAA provided housing to 133 households.
EFAA owns or operates 53 short-term or transitional housing units in Boulder County, including 11 in Longmont, 11 in Lafayette, 11 in Louisville, and 20 in Boulder. New units will be added in North Boulder and Louisville in 2016 to meet growing need, due to skyrocketing housing costs. Each family in our housing program works closely with a strengths-based case manager who guides them through budgeting, saving, planning and connecting to other community resources as they build their future. Children in the housing program may enroll in EFAA’s Children’s Program, which helps them build a sense of childhood normalcy and reduces the harmful effects of homelessness.
Families may stay for up to nine weeks and are provided assistance with food, transportation to work, and minor medical expenses. There is no cost to the family, which means their income can funnel to getting out of debt and building savings so they can re-establish themselves in permanent housing at the end of their stay.
Families can participate for up to two years and pay minimal rent. Clients have access to EFAA’s food bank and assistance with other basic needs, and work closely with a case manager. This longer stay can mean that a parent is able to finish their education, or secure a good job to rebuild from a crisis.
Bringing School Home
EFAA also works in partnership with Boulder Housing Partners on a new program called Bringing School Home, which provides affordable housing and educational opportunities for families with very young children. Click here to learn more.