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RH Families with Children Workgroup Develops Safely Doubled-Up Tips Sheet for Providers

24 January 2018
Partnership for Strong Communities (PSC)

Discussing Safety Concerns with Doubled-Up Families & Individuals Tips for Coordinated Access Networks (Tips Sheet), a new resource developed by the Reaching Home Families with Children Safely Doubled-Up Subcommittee provides suggested questions to help providers guide conversations with families who are doubled-up evaluate the safety of a doubled-up household. According to the Tips Sheet, “doubling-up is often economical, culturally appropriate and realistic. [However] Not all Doubled-up arrangements are safe for individuals, especially children.” The Tips Sheet provides a list of questions and statements that provider should consider as they are talking with their clients. These include:

  • Are the heat, lights, running water, and plumbing all working reliably?

  • Do you have any concerns about getting in or out of this home? (reference to having safe access and unrestricted exit)

  • Is there anything you need to do in order to stay in this home that makes you uncomfortable? Are there any “strings” attached to living there?

  • If there is fear of eviction, talk through any concerns.  Explore asking the head of household to inform the landlord or property manager that there will be one or more new household members.  

  • Does anyone in this household physically hurt or threaten you, your child(ren), or anyone in the home?

On January 12, 2018, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) partnered with the Reaching Home Families with Children to conduct a webinar overview of the Tips Sheet for providers. CCEH has created a webpage to maintain the safely doubled resources.

Click here to access the page.