The Problem

Housing

2,870 homeless individuals in St. Louis
Nine
The average age of a homeless person in America

The Facts

60 days
average length of stay in a homeless shelter
180 days
average days needed to stabilize after homelessness
$30,000
savings to the region in preventing 1 person for 1 year from street homelessness
Homelessness – even short-term – affects brain development in children.
“The hardest part about being homeless is wondering how it will impact my children long term.”
- Humanitri Client

The Solution

We stabilize homeless children and families by intervening prior to shelter stays and immediately upon release from domestic violence and emergency shelters. The closer interventions are to the root cause of homelessness, the more affordable services are to the region.

If a homeless family does not stabilize in 90 days, the risk of chronic homelessness triples – as does the cost to the region. Humantri’s Transformational Housing Program is a family and self-sufficiency program partnering with the St. Louis Continuum of Care for homeless services ranging from street outreach to permanent housing solutions.

Our Work Happens By

Permanently Housing Clients

  • Transformational Housing: Obtain and retain safe, permanent housing.
  • Rent and Utility Support: Provide rent and utility support while client builds job skills and eliminates debt.
  • Budgeting: monthly financial management and debt structuring with financial literacy training for clients who are ready for mentoring from financial advisors.

Establishing employment and life skill

  • Employment Partnerships:  maintain strong employment partners to position clients with sustainable employment at a livable wage.
  • Skill Building:  teach problem solving, communication, resiliency, conflict resolution.
  • Parenting:  partner with agencies administering evidence-based parenting curriculums to address systemic poverty.
  • Wellness: engage volunteers in establishing nutrition, meditation and personal fitness plans with parents and children in our care.

Providing clinical mental health services

  • Behavioral Health Services: Home-based client centered counseling services with linkage to community-based services.
  • Clinical mental health services available for children and adults.
  • Whole family therapeutic counseling and trauma therapy.

Preventing homelessness

  • Partner with schools, churches, hospitals and homeless service providers prior to literal homelessness by HUD definition.
  • Help prevent cyclical poverty by partnering with agencies to ensure children are academically and developmentally on target [COMING SOON].
  • Assist families living below area median income (AMI) with permanent housing, financial assistance, and home-based support services.

Our Impact

Employment
75%
adults obtain and maintain employment
Piggy Bank
80%
demonstrate financial responsibility
Housing
70%
exit to and sustain permanent housing
A child's IQ is statistically lower when faced with the chronic stressors of rent/shelter, food, unpredictable bedtime & homework routines.
In studies since 2000, 50% of homeless children experiencing even short term homelessness demonstrate measurable development and academic delays, compared with 16% of poor but housed children.