Preventing families from becoming homeless in the first place with Shelter Diversion, Rental Assistance and Transportation programs. 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.
Proactive Solutions
Affiliates offer 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. These include administering  formal diversion programs with government funding, providing rental assistance and landlord mediation, and community-based approaches that keep families housed.

Our national partnership with Help Us Move In (HUMI) helps support prevention programming in Affiliates and is an example of how best practices are applied through our federated model.
Our Static shelter program and warm hospitality is the foundation of the Family Promise model.
Emergency Shelter
Family Promise is the leading national organization preventing and ending family homelessness. Our approach involves prevention services before families become homeless, shelter to help families experiencing homelessness, and stabilization programs once families have secured housing.

Family Promise has a proven strategy to help families that works! On average, 92% of the people served in the shelter program secure housing within nine weeks. Because of the depth of services and community support, families stay housed, and Family Promise provides both prevention and stabilization services to increase their impact.
How It Works
The resources are already there. In the community, there are congregations and many other organizations that can provide support and assistance. The families receive case management, and are connected with those resources to look for housing and jobs, as well as intensive programs and trainings to give families new tools for success. With volunteers giving their time, making meals, and sharing hospitality, family homelessness is addressed and conquered. Across the country, people have realized that this innovative approach truly makes a difference for families experiencing homelessness.
Helping the families we serve not only succeed today but remain stable in their housing, financial capability and career paths tomorrow.
Graduate Support Services
Workforce development. Partners in Housing. Financial capability. Health and wellness. Homelessness has many causes and housing stability involves many solutions. Family Promise Affiliates have developed and implemented more than 1,000 different programs that address every aspect of stabilization.

Some get to the heart of core needs, such as childcare and job training, families face in order to regain self-sufficiency. Other initiatives find ways to match the strengths of local volunteers and the interests of local corporations with the needs of our guests, like financial literacy and mentoring. Similarly, many initiatives build off core tenets of the foundational shelter program itself, leading to efforts like food assistance, furniture and clothing donation, and health and wellness programs.

Probably no community initiative is more vital than the many housing programs Affiliates run. Currently, 104 Affiliates nationwide serve individuals in housing programs, including Permanent Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing, Transitional Housing, and others. As of December 2018, Affiliates were providing nearly 2,000 beds outside of their emergency shelter programs to parents and their children.

But our goal is not simply getting families into housing; it is keeping them in housing.

Key to this is identifying needs specific to the local community and tapping into the diverse resources our volunteer pool and partnerships provide. The result is families no longer at risk of homelessness.
Family Promise understands the needs of vulnerable families. So, we offer innovative programs — such as tenancy preparation, financial literacy, and virtual career pathway training — to address them in a cost-effective, targeted approach.
Community Initiative
Housing. Childcare. Transportation. Education.

All of these issues—and many others—are part of the myriad causes of family homelessness. As volunteers engage in the Family Promise program,they realize if they can address these challenges, they can serve more people more effectively.

Key to these programs is the other most widespread initiative —post-shelter extended support. The underlying causes of homelessness are not alleviated simply by providing housing, as crucial as that is. The immense variety of services provided, from family mentoring to case management, ensures that families do not slip back into homelessness so that the changes Family Promise has made are enduring.
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