HELP IS HERE, SPREAD THE WORD: HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION AT INTERFAITH FAMILY SHELTER

Homelessness Prevention, Interfaith’s HPP’s Focus on Prevention of Homelessness for Families with Children, could mean the difference between life and death in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which millions of families face eviction.

There have been many approaches to attempting to combat the endemic issue of homelessness. For many years Interfaith, a non-sectarian and non-religious organization which collaborates with an ever-expanding coalition of partners which includes faith groups, community groups, foundations, corporations and other community-based resources has run homeless shelters. Interfaith’s homeless shelters have had success in assisting homeless families find permanent housing. However, this has occurred AFTER the family has already experienced homelessness causing a cascade of additional and sometimes irreparable harm to a family and, in particular, to young children. Homelessness has, by definition, been required to access Interfaith’s services. Interfaith was powerless to prevent homelessness and has been required, by the nature of its expressed mission, to wait for a phone call from a family experiencing homelessness before any of Interfaith’s services could be provided to the family.

Our Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP) aims to reverse this trajectory. The HPP is, by definition, preventive – it seeks to identify families that may suffer an adverse life event that could potentially lead to homelessness, and with early prevention efforts address this event or other issues further upstream before the family faces eviction and homelessness. We believe these early prevention actions could be transformative. We hope, with your generous support, we will be in a position to make meaningful PREVENTIVE change and one day end the cycle of family homelessness in our community, realizing our vision that no child sleeps unsheltered.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
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