Alumna Ruth White, MSSA 1996, Leads Housing and Child Welfare Efforts

Ruth White, MSSA 1996, recently published two articles in the Spring 2017 CW360° magazine from the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, which explores the impact of housing and homelessness on child well-being.

White is the executive director and co-founder of the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare, which works at the local, regional, and national level to create cross-agency partnerships to enable communities to respond appropriately to families and youth who are caught at the intersection of homelessness and child welfare. She previously held the positions of director of Housing and Homelessness for Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and Director of Housing and Community Development Policy at Catholic Charities USA.

In the first CW360 article, “Understanding the Nexus of Child Welfare and Housing in America,” White writes about the impact of housing on child welfare: “Poor housing and, particularly , homelessness continue to play a pivotal role in how families are assessed. Homeless families are more likely to have children placed in foster care than similar parents who are stably housed.”

She co-authored the other article, “Supportive Housing: An Effective Child Welfare Intervention,” which details ways to help children reunite with families through supportive housing measures. They write, “While supportive housing has gained a reputation for serving chronically homeless single adults, there exists a decade-old movement to provide supportive housing to families.”

In 2004, White co-edited the landmark issue of the CWLA’s journal, Child Welfare, documenting best practices to bring affordable housing resources to families and youth in the child welfare system. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in social work at the Catholic University of America.

Follow Ruth White on Twitter: @Gethousedruthie

Read both articles