The safety net system helps people who experience personal crises. It includes a number of services: childcare, education, food, healthcare, housing, job training, substance abuse, transportation, utility assistance and violence prevention.
There are many organizations and institutions that offer these services, including nonprofits and government entities. Some people have chronic needs who depend upon the safety net for long periods of time. Others have temporary needs that, once met, can allow them to bounce back.
The government is the largest funder of the safety net. With tightening public dollars, we must provide services in a more efficient, less costly manner.