Father's Day 2013
HUD is pleased to announce that 322 housing authorities and local organizations hosted events for our 3rd annual Reconnecting Families and Dads Initiative. This success proved that by working together we can achieve great things! We are thrilled that despite the numerous challenges faced by PHAs, particularly the sequester, housing authorities large and small partnered with various organizations to host their events. In addition to moonbounces and face painting, many PHAs provided booths with important resources such as job training, legal concerns and health checks for fathers and their families. The goal of this initiative is to empower fathers to achieve a more stable future for their families; while at the same time bonding with their children in a fun, loving environment.
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.