We’ve been busy! Family Promise of Lawrence has added a few more programs based on the enormous needs we hear about from the families who are calling us for services. Our response to these needs are expansions of our program offering to our community and we are very excited to tell you about these!
Thanks to a generous grant awarded from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, the City of Lawrence, and our partnership with the Lawrence Douglas County Housing Authority (LDCHA), we are now working with the families sheltered at Lawrence Community Shelter (LCS) and have implemented a Housing Readiness Program all families. Our staff is on site at LCS every day. We help families apply for the New Horizons voucher grant through LDCHA, provide housing readiness case management, facilitate learning of new skills to help families remain stably and successfully housed. Some of the supports we provide are, financial literacy, budgeting, tenancy learning (thanks to our friends at LBOR!) and overcoming specific obstacles which are challenges to getting families out of the shelter and back into housing.
You can learn more on our website: New Horizons
Diversion – further expansion of Program 515
We have expanded our Program 515 (P515) to include an intentional Diversion Program which aims to divert families from the sheltering system by helping them arrange and consider alternative safe supports. The Diversion program differs from P515, in that it will be a lighter touch case management with the primary goal to divert families from having to enter shelter and therefore experience added upheaval and trauma. If a family needs more supports or does indeed need shelter, we will move them to those programs, but shelter does not have to always be the only option. We have implemented this program with best practice guidance from our colleagues from Family Promise Affiliates around the nation.
You can learn more on our website: Diversion from Shelter
Bridging Home – further expansion of our Temporary Housing Program
Bridging Home is a program that is specifically designed to address housing obstacles for families who may not qualify for a housing voucher, or need a bit more help and time to work towards sustainable permanent housing.
How does Bridging Home work? We need a landlord willing to work with FPL. The landlord will lease the home to a qualified family that they approve, at a below market rate. There is some additional funding possible for qualified families to help “pay down” the rent for the year, so that the family can get some financial support to help stay within the budget they are able to afford. FPL case management continues through the course of the lease to work with the family in the home.
One Bridging Home opportunity we are in the middle of making happen is a home that we have use of that is owned by LMH Health. This is a large home that needed some refurbishing, and is in progress to becoming a lovely, safe, remodeled home specifically set aside for the larger families FPL serves each year. Each large family comes with so many additional obstacles, due to family size, so having a full year lease with subsidized rent allows more time to live within an affordable budget and save for affordable housing in the market.
Our partners in this affordable housing opportunity are; LMH Health, ATEC Services, Lawrence Board of Realtors, Douglas County Community Foundation, and both the Jayhawk Breakfast Rotary Club and the Noon Lawrence Rotary Club.
You can learn more on our website: Bridging Home
HUMI – Help Us Move In
We are proud to announce we have been selected as a grant recipient in a national partnership between Family Promise and 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. Family Promise of Lawrence is one of ten Family Promise Affiliates selected for the third cycle of grants through HUMI.
Twenty-two Family Promise Affiliates have received HUMI funds since 2016, serving more than 1,000 families, including nearly 2,500 children. HUMI grants totaling $350,000 have surpassed local donations of nearly $1 million.
How can you help? We need to match the grant which will be 100% distributed in our local community to help families experiencing homelessness or to help prevent a family from becoming homeless (through our CHC program). If you are interested in learning more, or know of someone who might be interested in investing in this exciting opportunity, please check out our website and help us spread the word of support for the HUMI program with a designated gift!
Let’s move the needle together on family homelessness in Lawrence and Douglas County!
You can learn more on our website: HUMI