The Welcome Home Program is an innovative initiative that combines transitional housing and outreach services to get homeless families in Siouxland off the streets as soon as possible. Our mission is to give them first a safe, furnished place to live, clothing and food; but most importantly a chance to work one-on-one with a family development specialist so they can obtain permanent housing and self-sufficiency. The Welcome Home program has been developed by an Advisory Board. A goal of this program is to address any barriers families may have that contributed to their homelessness. Families that are homeless often have many barriers including: mental health, substance abuse issues, disabilities, transportation, and lack of knowledge about available services. The Family Specialist will help identify and overcome those barriers by forging a relationship with the family and providing intensive support. In the past year the program has assisted 25 families; 72 individuals with a place to live while they worked to find permanent housing.