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.