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.


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.