MANAHAWKIN, NJ – Family Promises Services of Ocean County is proud to announce out selection 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. It is a combination of case management, opportunity, and community empowering families toward self-sufficiency. The mission is simple: Create sustainable programs in communities for children to be – #Homeless No More. FPSOC is one of ten FP Affiliates selected for the 4th cycle of grants through HUMI. Others include: Athens, GA; Baldwin County, AL; Beaverton, OR; Berks County, PA; Gallatin Valley, MT; Phoenix, AZ; Greater Wichita, KS; Shenandoah County, VA; and Hope House of Manitowoc County, WI.
Here's how it works: There is a possible 2 year, $10,000 a year, Homeless No More Challenge Grant from HUMI. The FP affiliate launches a program aimed at eviction prevention and rehousing for families with children. The FP Affiliate raises $10,000 from major contributors, then HUMI awards a $10,000 grant. The FP Affiliate is then expected to engage the community and match the funds with $20,000. This double challenge match is designed to reinforce a self-sustaining habit of contributions from the community going forward. For the following $10,000, grant, the same applies. The FP Affiliate has $10,000, from major contributors, HUMI matches with $10,000, than the FP Affiliate is committed to raise $20,000, from the community.
32 FP Affiliates have received HUMI funds since 2016, serving more than 2,121 families, including 4,809 children. Together, the HUMI Grant matching model, along with community donations in the 32 locations, has raised over $2.4 million to assist families with stable housing.
“Because of our partnership with HUMI, we will be able to prevent several local families from experiencing homelessness or will be able to help them achieve housing more quickly,” said FPSOC Executive Director, Elizabeth Golla.
HUMI Executive Director Sarah Scherer is enthusiastic about the two organizations working together. “HUMI is pleased to continue the successful partnership with our unique matching program assisting FP Affiliates across the country, knowing that there will be fresh hope towards housing stability for struggling families in 20 new locations,” she said.
List of FP Affilitates participating with HUMI by city:
ABOUT FAMILY PROMISE OF SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY
FPSOC, a 501(c)(3), opened its doors in 2009 due to the growing need for shelter for families within Ocean County. Within the last 10 years, FPSOC has assisted well over 3,000 individuals. Because of COVID19, the typical shelter model within our host sites (congregations) had to stop operating. This partnership with HUMI will allow FPSOC to continue helping families, with a new approach to better serve the community. For more information, please visit www.familypromisesoc.org.
ABOUT HELP US MOVE IN
HUMI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was established to assist qualifying community service providers, via unique matching grants and program-building support, to create sustainable housing stability solutions across the US, for children to be #Homeless No More. In the last 20 years, HUMI Grant Programs are in 51 US locations that have helped 8,251 children from 3,707 families and with community support have raised over $4 million to help eradicate childhood homelessness. For more information, visit www.helpusmovein.org.