Our Homeless Prevention Program helps families find or maintain safe, permanent housing that balances financial assistance with strong case management services. Services include: case management, rental assistance as needed, guidance enrolling in job skills programs, resume and interview preparation, budgeting and basic money management classes and achieving one or more long-term goals.
Families are eligible for the Homeless Prevention Program for 12-18 months and demonstrate their progress by preparing and meeting a monthly income and expense budget, actively participating in the Prepared Renter Program and financial literacy classes hosted by a partner agency, The Pledging Tree Foundation, and accomplishing incremental steps in their long-term goal plan.
In Fiscal Year 2019, 18 families, including 40 children were helped out of homelessness because of the partnership with landlords providing affordable housing.
Landlord Nancy Engle had a tenant who was struggling and behind in rent. The tenant was referred to us and accepted into our HPP program where the case manager helped her access resources to cover the unpaid rent and worked with her to get back on her feet. According to Nancy, “it is very rare that a family falls so far behind and then is able to get caught up.” She has watched as Friends Association has paid the tenant’s rent and slowly stepped down support while encouraging the tenant to assume more responsibility. Nancy says, “I would definitely overlook a negative rental history if a tenant was working with Friends.” Nancy was so happy to see her tenant get help and at the same time know that she was not going to be left on the losing end with unpaid back rent.
Landlord John Abele, definitely feels that it is his mission to care for his community whether it is through volunteering at Good Works, Inc. or as a landlord. When our family contacted him about a rental unit and said that she was working with Friends Association, he was happy to work with us to help her get back on her feet. He felt that he watched Maria “grow and mature during her time working with Friends.” He also became a mentor to her encouraging and advising her in her journey. John spent 30 years working in the mental health field and says that he continues to use many of those skills as a landlord helping raise people up and provide support.