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Sustainable Families

At Aspen, we know that when families are experiencing homelessness or on the verge of homelessness, the challenges and barriers they face can feel insurmountable. That's why we developed the Sustainable Families program.

This program provides intensive support for families facing homelessness, including assistance finding and keeping stable housing, basic needs assistance, life skills development, one-time financial assistance and connections to other community resources and supports. Our goal? Ensuring families have the personal, social, physical, financial and human assets needed to remain housed for the long term.

In collaboration with local shelters and other community resources, Sustainable Families offers support and services to families in need of housing with complex needs, including:

  • Poverty
  • Social isolation
  • Addictions
  • Mental health factors
  • Domestic violence
  • A history of trauma
  • Children’s Services involvement
  • Geographic displacement
  • Immigration barriers
  • Transportation barriers
  • High market rents
  • Challenges in accessing resources

Who It's For:

Families with acute need living in a shelter or unsustainable/unsafe couch-surfing situation. Priority is given to families with a history of chronic or episodic homelessness who have been engaged in multiple systems and services and face multiple barriers.

How to Access:

Families must complete an assessment through a family shelter or through SCORCe to be placed with the Sustainable Families Program. Community referrals are not accepted.

To book an assessment at SCORCe, please call 403-428-3300.

Joanna's Story

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