WHAT IS JUMPSTART?
Jumpstart, designed for homeless families living with HIV/AIDS in Saint Louis, provides vital services that allow parents to maintain independence and provide a safe and stable environment in which they can raise their children. In 2015 Jumpstart provided housing and supportive services to 21 households with a total of 80 men, women and children. 90% of Jumpstart parents are single mothers and more than 96% of Jumpstart parents are Black. Services provided include rent and utility assistance and other supportive services.
WHY IS JUMPSTART IMPORTANT?
All Jumpstart families were homeless at the time of enrollment. In 2015 50% of the families were living in emergency shelters or places not meant for human habitation before being enrolled in Jumpstart and more than 50% were fleeing intimate-partner violence.
More than 70% of people who completed the program secured a permanent housing option in the City of St. Louis. In 2015, the cost per unit was an average of $612 per month, a savings of $31 per month from 2014. This cost savings allowed Jumpstart to provide additional supportive services to each family. Jumpstart helps parents provide a safe, stable home to their children which has been found to result in happier, healthier and more successful children and parents.
*Certain project costs have been underwritten by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Neighborhood Assistance Program.