Dr. David Crampton, Associate Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School, submitted the guest column “‘Pay for Success’ could benefit homeless families and Cuyahoga taxpayers” to the Cleveland Plain Dealer on December 31, 2014. Dr. Crampton discussed how the PFS program aims to reduce how long children with homeless caregivers will spend in foster care. This would both save tax dollars and show a more effective method to assist vulnerable families.
Partnering for Family Success, the first county-level PFS project in the country, was announced at a Chicago summit hosted by the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in December. The program started on January 1.
The Poverty Center houses an Integrated Data System that was used to determine the overlap between the homeless and child welfare systems in Cuyahoga County as preliminary analyses to identify the initiative’s target population. The Center is continuing to evaluate the success and outcomes of PFS.