We recognized that a 60% increase in the number of homeless students in Spokane County over just 10 years time was a threat to the health, vitality, and well-being of our region. We realized that by preventing families from becoming homeless in the first place, we could prevent considerable trauma to children and avoid significant costs and problems for them and their communities in the future. Priority Spokane stabilized and/or housed 80% of the homeless children in K-8th participating in our 3 year pilot project in four high need schools and one middle school. We expanded the pilot to house/stabilize homeless families with infants and children under 5 through the WIC and the Nurse Family Partnership program. The pilot housed/stabilized 272 children and their families. Upon the pilot’s conclusion 3 years later, 95% remained so without need of further assistance. You can see the full results here.