Homeless Children and Their Families’ Perspectives of Agency Services

Sonya Lorelle*, Tim Grothaus

*Corresponding author for this work

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While numerous programs aim to mediate the risks for children experiencing homelessness, there is a lack of research representing the children’s and parents’ perspectives in supportive housing programs. With this phenomenological qualitative study, the authors share the voices of 22 participants, including children and their families, regarding their experiences while receiving services from a homeless agency. Participating parents perceived that the program provided resources to the children that they could not provide themselves, opportunities for exposure to positive new experiences, and improved psychosocial outcomes for their children. Participants also discussed desired program changes and the responsiveness of agency staff regarding unmet needs of the children. Implications for policies and programs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)800-808
Number of pages9
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 13 2015


  • Children
  • Homeless agency
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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