Father's Day 2014
Father’s Day 2014 experienced its most successful year-to-date, with a record 446 housing authorities partnering with local non-profits to host multiple events. Puerto Rico alone hosted an astounding 41 event sites! In addition to the fun, food, music and dance, luncheons, donuts with dads and nights out at the ballpark, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) captured a top spot as one of the reigning event categories.
For those housing authorities who have worked tirelessly with us since our inaugural Reconnecting Families and Dads event back in 2011, you know what a huge undertaking it is to plan and host an event; but also that it is an extremely rewarding one, particularly when you see the smiles on the children’s faces when they connect with the father that perhaps they rarely have an opportunity to see. If you joined us for the first time this year, we welcome you and your efforts to address the need of father-absent households and engage the men in your community.
Father-absent households place our children and youth at risk of ongoing poverty, use of drugs, educational failure, and a host of other health, emotional and behavioral problems including interfacing with the juvenile justice system. This growing trend of “families without fathers” in public housing is coupled by the presence of “men hanging around” public housing. It is believed that most of the men are not formerly on the lease and are often disconnected from formal programs that could lead to economic stability for themselves and their children residing in public housing.
We look forward to your continued collaboration as we begin to plan for Father’s Day 2015. The time you took to provide your feedback to our Survey was extremely valuable. Please check our website regularly for updates, articles, photos and useful information on fatherhood, and should you come across materials you feel could be a resource to other housing authorities planning their events, we urge you to share it with us. Just send an email to Sandra.Norcom@hud.gov.
Watch: Public Housing Dads Discuss Why Fathers Matter
Thanks to our partners at HHS, we are pleased to share with you the below Child Support Information for Father's Day
Child Support Enforcement “Changing a Child Support Order” Guide and accompanying state-specific modules at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/css/resource/state-by-state-how-to-change-a-child-support-order. The guide offers information to help parents, and people who work with parents, better understand the child support review and modification process. It explains how parents can request to have their child support order changed when their financial situation changes. Parents, and others, can find phone numbers, websites, and forms (where available) to help start the modification process. Check out OCSE’s new compilation of reentry resources here.
This Father’s Day, HUD is celebrating all families! We’ve partnered with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Family Equality Council, and PFLAG to bring you resources for LGBTQ parents, children of LGBTQ parents, and parents of LGBTQ youth! These resources address coming out and transition tips, legal protections, guides to connecting with family and community, and more. Happy Father’s Day!
For youth with LGBTQ parents:
For LGBTQ parents:
http://www.nclrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Legal_Recognition_of_LGBT_Families.pdf(Legal recognition of LGBT families)
http://www.nclrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Transgender-Family-Law-National.pdf (trans family law)
http://www.nclrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/NCLR_LegalBrochure_FINAL.pdf (brochure for LGBT parents (Spanish and English)
http://www.nclrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/NCLRFamilyProtectionProjectFlyer.pdf (family protection project)
Why is HUD Focusing on Fatherhood?
In line with HUD’s 2010-2015 Strategic Plan Goal 3: “using housing as a platform to improve the quality of life of our residents,” this focus on fatherhood in public housing flows from current statistics that show when fathers are absent children suffer. This in no way suggests that HUD does not recognize the critical importance of mothers. The majority of public housing households with children are headed by single women who earn less than $9,000 annually, and they do a tremendous job of raising their children. However, according to statistics drawn from communities across the country, children raised in absent father families are more at-risk for a host of negative factors, including dropping out of school. The focus on Father’s Day is meant to be a starting point; either a celebration of existing relationships or a reason to form first connections.
Father's Day History
Adapted from the NYCHA Fatherhood Initiative, HUD’s Father’s Day Initiative was developed in response to the stark socio-economic data indicating how children and youth are being negatively affected by father-absent homes. For the first celebration, 209 PHAs from 33 states held Father’s Day events. An estimated 22,000 fathers, children, mothers and many others participated in events that local public housing authorities held all over the nation. In some cities, participants met athletes from the NFL and NBA, who joined in on the fun, while the Read it LOUD! Foundation distributed more than 1,600 free children’s books to housing authorities that participated.