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SIEMER INSTITUTE FOR FAMILY STABILITY

Children who live with housing instability often find themselves behind academically, performing below their peers who live in a stable housing environment.

That’s why United Way joined forces with North Penn United Way and Creative Health Services to implement the Siemer Institute for Family Stability (SIFS) program to improve stability for families experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness in the Pottstown area and reduce student mobility, helping children to succeed in school. The SIFS program is a national model that targets school districts with high percentages of housing instability to support families so children can stay in school, giving them the best chance of academic success. In the Pottstown School District, 30% of families face housing instability.

Creative Health Services works with local families facing housing instability in the Pottstown School District, providing intensive care management coaching, financial assistance, and planning to ensure long-term stability. Families’ progress is monitored to ensure targeted interventions are effective and sustainable.

For additional information, please contact Sara McCullough at smccullough@uwgpsnj.org.