CSR is Massachusetts’ largest minority-operated nonprofit, providing housing for homeless families, culturally attuned children’s mental health services, foster care for abused and neglected children, affordable childcare for homeless children, and youth development programs. CSR’s Family Housing programs provide family shelter housing and services for 1050 Boston residents annually, and CSR’s Children’s Behavioral Health Department was recognized by MassHealth as its only specialized Black provider of children’s behavioral health services.
In 2018, CSR contracted with Artemis Associates to assess its Family Housing and Stabilization Program to inform future growth and development. Artemis Associates conducted focus groups and interviews with managers, direct staff, and families, and reviewed selected program documents to identify the program’s strengths and areas for future development. Recommendations were framed within existing research and offered areas for development aligned with best practices on how best to support, stabilize, and empower parents and children experiencing homelessness.