||The mission of Housing Families First is to provide families experiencing homelessness with the tools to achieve housing stability. Founded in 2001 as Hilliard House, our organization offers safe, supportive shelter for families. But, we do much more. Quickly stabilizing families in permanent housing is our top priority. We carry out our mission through two core programs. Our emergency shelter, commonly known as Hilliard House, gets families off the street and offers housing-focused services to help them access the best permanent housing options available. Providing a temporary home for about 75 households each year, our shelter has one-quarter of the emergency shelter beds for families in the Greater Richmond area and is the only fully handicapped-accessible shelter for families and single women. Our rapid re-housing program moves literally homeless families and single women – referred from our own shelter, other local shelters, and the streets – into safe, affordable homes. Then, our case management team works with families to connect them with community resources that help them keep their housing, increase income, cope with stress, and achieve long-term housing stability.