Moving Families Forward


More than 1.5 million school-age children in across our nation face homelessness every year. When children are homeless, the stress, trauma, and academic disruptions they experience lead to problems in school. With a stable home, families thrive and students succeed academically.

United Way of Southeast Louisiana and the Siemer Institute are partnering to work with families facing financial hardship through our Prosperity Centers. Families meet one-on-one with a trusted, compassionate professional - a case manager - who can guide them out of crisis and into stability. Case managers work intensely with families for up to 18 months to create a plan for the family to stabilize and thrive. This two-generation (2-gen) approach meets the needs of children and adults simultaneously to foster academic success and break the cycle of poverty. We focus on the entire family and align services that meet their needs to support their success.

All of this is done to keep school-aged children in their school of origin and give them the opportunity to succeed.

Who Qualifies?

  • Families experiencing financial hardship
  • Reside in United Way service area - Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes
  • At least one (1) school aged child in home
  • Six (6) month commitment
  • Ready to improve financial habits

Program Benefits

  • Money Management & Credit Building Workshops
  • Case Management
  • Resume Building and Interview Skills
  • Financial coaching, co-create budgets, financial goals, and financial assistance
  • Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance
  • Access to services that meet the needs of low income students.


Call: Southshore: 504.822.5540 or Northshore: 985-244-6580