Shelter

Family Promise of the Flint Hills operates an apartment model for shelter.

HOW IT WORKS

Family Promise of the Flint Hills master leases a four-plex apartment building to provide shelter for families.  In most circumstances, this shelter is time-limited. When a family contacts us needing shelter, we complete an initial contact form to get an understanding of the families situation. If it is determined they are a good fit for this program, we schedule an intake and will bring them into shelter after the intake. While families are sheltered, they will work closely with their case manager to address barriers to housing which includes but is not limited to obtaining childcare, obtaining employment or other forms of income, budgeting, and connecting with other resources that fit their needs. Families receive groceries from a rotation of volunteers to ensure they have a warm meal every night.

A COMMUNITY RESPONSE

In every community, these core elements exist. By bringing the community together on the issue of family homelessness, Family Promise addresses a major social problem in a holistic, effective way. Once the community becomes engaged, people understand the root causes of family homelessness and take steps to address them. Nationally, Family Promise Affiliates have created more than 1,700 community initiatives—housing programs, homelessness prevention, childcare and much more—that target the issues of poverty and homelessness on a local level.

A LONG-TERM SOLUTION

Not only does our 88% success rate mean many more families stably housed, it is also a tremendous cost saving to the community as diversion from far more expensive interventions. Our approach of keeping families together, identifying their strengths, and partnering with the community for solutions means that families are at much lower risk of returning to homelessness.