STAFFORD - Family Promise of Southern Ocean County recently introduced the new Anchors to Stay Prevention Program.

This new program is available across Ocean County, allowing eligible families to receive financial aid on rent, mortgage, or security deposit payments.

Families also have access to a curriculum focused on stability and further prevention of homelessness.
Family Promise of Southern Ocean County is a non-profit, interfaith hospitality network providing
temporary shelter, meals, hospitality, and case management for children and families
experiencing homelessness.

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Family Promise makes this happen through the participation of community organizations, dedicated staff, hundreds of volunteers and congregations.

Family Promise’s main goal is to ensure the people we serve do not fall into the cycle of housing instability that can devastate families and alter the course of children’s lives. Getting out in front of these issues is the most cost effective way to address this crisis.

This prevention assistance comes at an especially pivotal time when many families are experiencing new challenges with unemployment delays, food insecurity, and fear of losing their homes.

The new Anchors to Stay Program is a preventative aid as a rapid response first step to stabilize housing for those who are on the brink of becoming homeless. Eligible families across all of Ocean County can receive financial aid on rent, mortgage, or security deposit payments.

To qualify for the program, families must have children and one or more adults who are willing and able to work full-time or have an alternative source of sustainable income. The Family Promise program includea single-parent, two-parent, and non-traditional families.

If you are in need or know a person in need who does not fit the requirements, you can still reach out to Family Promise for alternate local resources and information.

Other Family Promise of Southern Ocean County programs include:

  • Casting Lifelines Referral Program: Every phone call coming into our Day Center is screened and matched with services and resources locally in the community.
     
  • Daymark Family Shelter Program: We partner with community organizations and school districts to provide shelter, meals, hospitality, and day-to-day essentials for local families with children who are experiencing homelessness.
     
  • Arc of Visibility Graduate Program: Continuing the relationships they develop in our program is important for families to experience long-term sustainable independence. Our Graduate Program provides families with continued essential support and an opportunity to build upon the life skills learned in our programs. We offer many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of families we serve.

Family Promise is a 501(c)(3) organization accepting tax-deductible gifts and in-kind donations. These gifts go directly to helping our community. We are also looking to partner with landlords in Ocean County to house families. If you are a landlord with a vacancy, contact Family Promise of Southern Ocean County by phone at (609) 994-3317 or by email at fpsocstaff@gmail.com. If you’re looking for other ways to help, you can find us online at FamilyPromiseSOC.org and follow us on Facebook for updates