Transitional Housing

Transitional Housing: Moving to a More Secure Future

Homelessness can affect anyone at any stage of life. Many people are just a few paychecks away from homelessness, so natural disasters, large unexpected medical expenses, credit problems, and job loss can leave people instantly homeless with limited resources for rebuilding their homes or their lives. This workshop helps you teach basic money management skills as well as the steps to move from transitional housing to rental housing, all of which can lead to a more secure future.

Workshop Materials

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Each kit provides workshop facilitators with the materials needed to run a workshop straight out of the box, or the choice to adapt any of the detailed presentations, scripts or learner action plans to suit their unique audience’s needs. Here is what you can find in each workshop.

A Presentation

Display these PowerPoint slides during your presentation to keep the workshop engaging and on track.

A Script

Consult the script for tips on how to prepare for your workshop, what your primary talking points will be, and follow-up resources.

Activities and Info Sheets

Guide your workshop participants through the hands-on activities and informational sheets to bring the financial skills to life.

Related Resources

Find additional suggested resources that can help round out your educational offerings.


The FAQ section for each workshop can help answer your questions about working with your intended audience.


Because I’ve never been homeless and have never known anyone who was, am I really qualified to lead a session for the homeless?

It’s not necessary to have been homeless to understand the challenges of living without a regular place to call home. Depending on which organization you’ve volunteered for this session, you can meet with your contact person to discuss some of the unique financial issues homeless people face that should be addressed during your presentation. That organization also may have a set of guidelines and suggestions for use as you prepare to facilitate your program.

What if a person in the workshop is homeless right now and is looking for transitional housing; what do I tell them?

The organization that is sponsoring this workshop will be an excellent resource for local transitional housing opportunities. In addition, there are government, nonprofit, veterans’, and faith-based groups that may provide temporary shelter. Different types of shelter include day shelters, emergency homeless shelters, halfway houses, permanent affordable housing, and supportive housing. Look to your sponsoring organization for guidance in this area.

Is it more difficult to open a savings/checking account when you are homeless?

Yes, it can be more difficult to open a bank account when homeless because opening a bank or credit union account requires proof of address. While some of the homeless still use accounts they held previously, obtaining a new one can be a challenge.

Do all homeless people live on the streets?

The homeless can live and sleep in a variety of locations. There are temporary shelters available though most are only open at night. Some homeless shelters are more permanent and are open all day and night. Other people stay at campgrounds, in their cars, on the streets, or in tent cities (legal or otherwise).

Do people become homeless only for financial reasons?

Some individuals and families become homeless because they cannot afford to stay where they are living because of job loss, divorce, illness, etc. Others become homeless because of domestic violence, substance abuse, or institutional discharge. Homelessness may be increasing because wages and affordable housing are decreasing.

40 Money Management Tips

This workshop, based on NEFE’s popular publication 40 Money Management Tips Every College Student Should Know covers goal setting, financial aid, bank accounts, spending plans, credit, debt, savings and identity theft.

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Entry-Level Wages

Help entry-level professionals create a spending plan that manages all their expenses.

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Family Money Skills

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Rebuilding Financially After Domestic Violence

Help domestic violence victims build a financial foundation and make plans for the future.

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