By working to increase home stability, we are also helping escalate academic success of local students.
When families experience financial hardships, they may have to move out of their home. For some families, this could happen many times in their life. Not only does the family’s home change, but the child’s school or even school district changes. Research shows students who frequently change schools tend to have lower scores on standardized reading and math tests and higher dropout rates than their peers.
Valley of the Sun United Way partners with The Siemer Institute for Family Stability to improve long-term housing. By working to increase home stability, we are also helping escalate academic success of local students.
To do this, United Way and partners work with local school districts to identify struggling families and pair them with a case manager. These case managers work with each person in the family individually to encourage stability throughout the home. Case managers receive financial coach training from United Way. They use these learnings to co-create budgets, and financial goals with the parents or other adults in the family. They also work with children to improve academic performance by connecting them to mentors, counselors or other services so they can succeed in school.
Do you know where you’re sleeping tonight? On any given day in Maricopa County, 6,000 people don’t know where they’ll spend the night. Valley of the Sun United Way wants to reduce homelessness in our community by 75 percent by 2020.