Alliance for Children & Families

Kim's Story: From Homeless to Housed and Hopeful

The Effects of Homelessness on Society

The effects of homelessness on society are costly, not only in terms of tax dollars spent but on the strain it puts on social agencies, individuals and families. Though families and some individuals may find themselves in homeless shelters for relatively short periods of time due to an economic or personal crisis, it is the long-term, chronic homeless population that runs up significant costs. These include hospitalization and emergency room visits, police intervention and incarceration, and use of mental health, poverty and homeless programs.
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Stark County Wages vs. Rents

Stark County needs more affordable housing like the homes the Alliance for Children and Families provides. It addresses the wage gap  in Stark County; this gap is the difference between minimum wage and the hourly wage needed to afford basic living expenses. According to the “Out of Reach 2019” report a person must make $9.73 per hour, for 40 hours per week, to afford a zero-bedroom (studio) apartment. That’s more than a dollar higher than the state’s minimum wage.


Stark County families need to make much more to afford a two-bedroom apartment. These renters need $14.90 per hour, in a full-time job, to earn enough to afford average rent of $775. Food preparation and fast food workers, home health aides and retail workers are among the fastest growing occupations. Yet none of these jobs pay that much. As long as the cost of housing exceeds the average wages of so many jobs, our region will continue to struggle with homelessness and the family instability it causes.


News & Announcements

Days of Volunteering

Volunteering not only helps and benefits one’s community but, in a way, it benefits the volunteers themselves. Employees from Trilogy Plastics spent time volunteering at the Mastroianni Family Center in August. Alliance for Children and Families appreciates each and every volunteer!

Alliance Family Health Center off site clinic is conveniently located at Alliance for Families and Children

The health clinic is open to the Alliance community and accepts all Medicaid and insurance programs. Call 330-821-6332 or contact Amanda at to make an appointment. The clinic accepts walk-ins although appointments are preferred.

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S.T.A.M.P. Parenting Classes

S.T.A.M.P. (Skills to Acquiring Mastery of Parenting) Classes are held every Wednesday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at 110 W. Cambridge St. in Alliance. Please use the door near the parking lot on Scranton.

Reservations are required. Contact us at (330) 821-6332 to sign up while spots are still available. Click to learn more about S.T.A.M.P

CPR/First Aid Classes, a Community Garden & Nutrition Program – COMING SOON!

They begin in September and continue through November. Thanks to the United Way Family Health Program and other collaborative partners. Check back for more details!

Financial Literacy Classes

Reservations are required for newly enrolled participants. Contact ACF at
(330) 821-6332 to register or with any questions.

A-FIRST BUILDING, every Thursday
11:00am-12:00pm and 6:00pm-7:00pm

B-FIRST BUILDING, every Tuesday
11:00am-12:00pm and 5:00pm-6:00pm

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