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FAQ

How many families can reside at the Center?
The site is designed to include temporary living units for six-eight families, depending on their size. To be able to do this, we will have a combination of one and two-bedroom units.
What is the “profile” of a typical family?
Family Promise serves working families with dependent children under the age of 18. A typical family is comprised of a single mother and one or two children under the age of 18.
Where do these families come from?
  • Family Promise of Bergen County provides  temporary housing and wrap-around services to families from Bergen County who are in a housing crisis.  During our 37-year history, Family Promise has assisted families from every municipality in Bergen County.
  • In fact, housing insecurity is an issue in every municipality in Bergen County.

 

What services are offered to the families?
  • Each family is assessed individually to determine their needs, their goals, and how Family Promise can help.  We provide:

–Intensive, personal case management, including:

  • Life coaching
  • Career exploration and job training
  • Financial education
  • Help with childcare and transportation
  • Life skills and empowerment workshops
  • Family Promise does not do anything for families that they can do for themselves.  We empower families to accept responsibility for their success;  if they put in the effort, we “have their backs.”
Where do the children go to school?

Under Federal law, children who experience homelessness may continue to attend the school in the district where they became homeless or they may choose to attend Emerson schools.    In the latter case, the “sending” district is responsible to pay for the cost of their attending Emerson schools.  However, in our experience, 98% of children continue to attend the schools where they were before becoming homeless.

Where do the families go after they graduate from the Family Promise programs?

Approximately 95% leave the Family Promise Center and move into market rate housing.  This is possible in part because, while families are with us, they participate in a mandatory savings program and contribute a minimum of 40% of their income into an escrow account overseen by Family Promise.  When they graduate from the program, most have accumulated a sizeable nest egg that allows them to pay the rent, and associated costs, in their new housing.

Who is responsible for the maintenance of the Center?

Family Promise will be responsible for the care and maintenance of the building and property.  

What kind of insurance do you have?

We have comprehensive insurance policies that provide liability coverage for families, staff, and volunteers as well as for the physical building itself (damage, fire, flooding, etc.).

What changes will be made to the building?
  • We are not going to change the footprint of the building.  It will remain the same size as it is today.
  • We will, however, make improvements to the physical “look” of the building with changes to the brick exterior, adding grass where possible on the side of the building, and improving the portion of the parking lot facing Old Hook Road.
What activities will be located in The Family Promise Center?
Half of the space will be used to provide temporary living units for the families.  One-quarter of the space will be used for programs, workshops and use by community stakeholders, and the remaining quarter will be used for staff offices.