Family Promise of the Verdugos Partners with HUMI to House Families
Through the support of our FPV community and the Help Us Move In Foundation, Family Promise of the Verdugos now provides rental assistance to families with children. Families that are in need of rental may qualify for rental assistance. Contact our office for more information and an application: (818) 847-1547.
Initiative is part of Family Promise’s national effort to engage communities in addressing family homelessness holistically.
Family Promise of the Verdugos (FPV) is proud to announce their selection as a pilot in a national partnership between Family Promise and Help Us Move In (HUMI), a Washington state-based nonprofit working with communities to fund and create programs helping families facing housing crises. The model is based on the shared beliefs of the two organizations that a combination of case management, opportunity, and community can empower the families we serve toward self-sufficiency. The mission of the partnership is simple: to ensure children are Homeless No More.
FPV is one of ten Family Promise Affiliates selected, from Florida to Oregon. Each will receive a $20,000 Homeless No More Challenge Grant from HUMI over the next two years ($10,000 per year) to launch a program aimed at sustainable prevention and rehousing for families experiencing homelessness. The grants are not hand-outs: each Affiliate must raise an initial $10,000 before HUMI awards their $10,000 grant. Further, the Affiliate is then expected to engage the community and match the funds with another $20,000 each year. This double challenge match is designed to reinforce a self-sustaining habit of contributions from the community going forward.
FPV will establish a Working Group consisting of a board member, staff representative, Family Promise regional director, HUMI representative, and other interested parties to manage the program within the community. The Affiliate will identify families to receive assistance using the best practice requirements they employ for their client intake process and determine how much temporary assistance each family needs to successfully move into and support a stable home. The funds are restricted to rental assistance, housing arrears, and move-in expenses, including security deposits. The goal of the Challenge Funds is a 50/50 balance between preventing family evictions and assisting families with move-in costs.
The program has multiple benefits:
- Supplements existing rehousing/prevention programs
- Helps families who may not qualify for existing programs
- Creates community awareness and engagement on the issue of family homelessness
- Builds lasting relationships with landlords
- Expands an Affiliate’s programming base
- Puts children and families into homes
The Affiliates selected for the initial pilot are: Verdugos (CA), Greater Denver (CO), Northern New Castle County (DE), Brevard (FL), Grand Rapids (MI), Morris County/Union County (NJ), Salem (OR), Fort Bend (TX), Greater Roanoke (VA), and Washington County (WI). The goal is to expand the program to 25 next year, using best practices identified in the pilot.