Family Promise frequently assesses the needs in the community in order to appropriately respond and be of service to families. As a result of the pandemic, many people lost their jobs or had their hours reduced and managing household finances with a significantly reduced income became challenging. Families were struggling to pay the rent and many found themselves months in arrears and needing assistance. In response, Family Promise developed our Housing Stabilization Program. This program assists families by paying the rental arrears and/or providing temporary rental assistance going forward, thus preventing homelessness by keeping families stably housed. Since the program’s inception in March, Family Promise has provided $35,000 in assistance to 15 families, including 27 children.
Family Promise is happy to serve and support families in our community who oftentimes simply “need a hand” while they catch up. Family Promise was able to do just this for a mother with two children who was unable to pay her rent. The mother was employed and actively pursuing career growth by preparing to take her Praxis exam in the hopes of acquiring the necessary qualifications to become a teacher. She was struggling due to the strain of this past year but, nonetheless, remained capable, determined, and hardworking. This family is representative of many families served by Family Promise who are simply in need of temporary relief so they can continue to flourish and pursue their goals. Our Housing Stabilization Program has been able to provide them with that relief.