Preventing families from becoming homeless through eviction prevention, move-in assistance, and short-term case management. With more than 40% of Americans a $400 expense away from financial distress, the threat of crisis looms closely for too many families. Preventing families from spiraling into homelessness is an essential part of the Family Promise mission.
We provide a variety of strategies to ensure the people we serve do not fall into the cycle of housing instability that can devastate families and alter the course of children’s lives. Prevention is the rapid response first step to stabilize housing for those who are on the brink of becoming homeless.
Though prevention funds and services aren’t as well known as our shelter program, they keep people in our community from becoming homeless, decreasing the need for shelter and provide a lower-cost way to help end homelessness. Although our shelter program already operates at about 1/3 of the cost of traditional shelters, prevention still costs significantly less than that. In fact, the average cost of stabilizing housing for one child, keeping them from becoming homeless, is only $250. That’s 95% less than the average cost of one family’s stay in a traditional emergency shelter.
Eligible program participants must have an eviction or overdue notice. The program provides short-term financial assistance to stabilize families facing a short-term financial crisis. All program participants are required to engage in case management services and financial literacy education.
Eligible program participants must have a valid lease and proof of employment. The program provides short-term financial assistance to help families move into stable housing by assisting with the costs of first and last month's rent and security deposits. All program participants are required to engage in case management services and financial literacy education.