Community Housing Connectinos – CHC – A Prevention Program Designed to Keep Families Housed

In 2018 Family Promise of Lawrence launched the Community Housing Connections (CHC) Program as a new offering as part of our P515 Program. The purpose of CHC is to try and keep families from having to be displaced into the crisis of homelessness.

How Does CHC Work?

CHC is a landlord referral program.  Landlords may have a tenant family with children, who they think may be a good fit for this program and have fallen behind on rent due to various circumstances.  The landlord will contact FPL about the CHC program and refer the family to the program.

The tenant family, the landlord and Family Promise of Lawrence enter into a 3-way participation agreement which includes:

  • The landlord agrees to not evict the tenant and to dismiss any late fee charges
  • The family agrees to participate in the CHC program with FPL Case Management
  • FPL meets with the family in the unit a few times each month
  • FPL has some funding to help pay some of the past rent directly to the landlord
  • The family works with FPL and the landlord towards a payment plan for any balance owed
  • And best of all, the family stays housed!

How Can You Help?

Please consider supporting the CHC Program by one or several of the options below:

  • Financially support the program with a designated gift to FPL to support CHC.  Financial gifts to this program are matched 1:1 by a generous anonymous donor.  So this is a great time for your gift to have double the impact!
  • Tell your friends about this program – especially your friends that are landlords!  Help us get the word out and prevent homelessness one family at a time!
  • Organize an event to learn about Family Promise Programs through your congregation, business, civic organization, small group or home with friends and family and invite us in to talk about local family homelessness and the FPL response from prevention through crisis and into sustainability!

If you are interested in learning more, in supporting CHC or helping in some way please, contact Dana at dana@lawrencefamilypromise.org.