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Emergency Family Assistance Association

Empowering families to thrive. Strengthening our community. For more than 100 years, Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) has been Boulder's community safety net for families, seniors, and people with disabilities.

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Housing

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Families
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

EFAA is the leading provider of housing for families with children experiencing homelessness in Boulder County. With 55 single family units across 7 sites throughout Boulder County EFAA provides temporary housing with a focus on working with families during their stay to move into permanent, affordable housing upon exit.

Short-Term Housing provides families with an apartment and intensive case management for a period of 6-12 weeks. All housing-related expenses are covered by EFAA and participants save a portion of their income for their future deposit and rent.

Transitional Housing provides up to two years of subsidized rent paired with case management support.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In FY19, EFAA housed 138 unduplicated households totaling 474 individuals (276 of whom were children) in our 55 apartments on seven sites throughout Boulder County. 87% of families found adequate, safe and affordable housing after leaving the program.

Children's Program

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Families
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)

Description

Addressing the needs of our community's most vulnerable, EFAA offers specialized children's programming to ensure every child is happy, healthy and thriving. Children's Case Managers help resource parents to ensure that children's medical, emotional and development needs are being met. Children in our Housing Program are also invited to participate in our Kid's Club--our in-house after-school enrichment program aimed at alleviating the toxic stress of homelessness.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In FY19, 244 children living in EFAA housing were provided specialized case management to ensure every child has the support they need to thrive.

105 children between the ages of 5-13 participated in our after-school Kid's Club.

Basic Needs

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled
Families
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

EFAA's Basic Needs programming framework addresses the immediate needs of those who come to EFAA in financial crisis, helping them avert homelessness and hunger with food from our Food Bank; direct financial assistance for rent, utilities, transportation, and minor medical needs; strengths-based case management and referrals to outside resources; and on-site mental health and nutritional counseling. The theory of change behind EFAA's Basic Needs Program is that households must be able to meet their most basic needs so that they can begin working on longer-term resiliency.



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Evidence of Program's Success

In FY19 we helped 4,244 people, and 2,111 unduplicated households, with rent, utility bills, food and other basic needs. EFAA provided a total of $916,642 in direct financial assistance for rent, utility bills, minor medical needs, and transportation (gas and bus vouchers) - a 3% increase from last year. In addition, over 767,874 pounds of food from EFAA's Food Bank and Mobile Food Pantry worth more than $1.3M were distributed to 1,535 households.

Community Enrichment

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Families
General population
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Launched in 2017, EFAA provides participants opportunities to learn and connect--expanding their skill sets through educational workshops and broadening their social networks through community events. We continue to build out these offerings in partnership with other community organizations, including on-site nutritional dinners and Getting Ahead, a 12-week program promoting economic mobility.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In FY19, EFAA sponsored 40 community educational/enrichment activities and classes that reached 289 individuals to build knowledge, skills, connections, and community among participants and expand learning opportunities for families.

Intensive Family Strengthening

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Families
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Our Intensive Family Strengthening Program offers the most concentrated level of support to participants and is aimed at alleviating poverty for the next generation. EFAA has expanded programming to go deeper for families with children.
Targeted investments have focused on housing stability and employment through programs such as:

Keep Families Housed, family homelessness prevention that ties investments in household well-being to multi-month rental assistance;

Job Uptake for Motivated Parents (JUMP), a yearlong program providing parents access to higher-paying career-track jobs thorough job training and internships;

Bringing School Home, offering families with children ages 0-5 permanent subsidized housing and support for academic success; and

Housing Stabilization Program, providing at-risk families up to 12 months of rental assistance and case management tied to budget counseling and financial literacy classes.


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Evidence of Program's Success


437 families participated in EFAA's Keep Families Housed family homelessness prevention program.

Participants in EFAA's JUMP (Job Uptake for Motivated Parents) saw a 164% average increase in income to support their families.

31 families, and 87 participants, took part in Bringing School Home.

26 families, and 68 participants, were served through the Housing Stability Program.

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