Family Promise National, our parent organization, has compiled their Program Services Report for 2015.
Once again, it is amazing to see the global impact of Family Promise Affiliates. Thank you all for the incredible work you do changing the lives of children and their families.
In 2015, 57,267 individuals were served by Affiliates. The success rate remained high—60% of families moving on to long-term housing, 14% into transitional housing, and 12% into shared housing. Despite the ongoing struggles of the current economy–the lack of jobs and the continued challenges in finding affordable homes–the average length of stay was 60 days.
As always, some of the unique elements of our program stand out. Nearly 6.5% of our families were headed by a single male parent. 28% were two-parent families; 63.1% were headed by the mother. In most communities, it is not possible for such a family to stay together in shelter. 59% of the people we served were children, and 43% of those were age 5 and under. Finally, the outgrowth of services that comes from the initial IHN model is reflected by the more than 44,307 children and adults who received support beyond the IHN program from Family Promise Affiliates.
Digging deeper into the issues behind family homelessness, here is what we found. Sixteen percent of families had at least one member with a disability. Thirty-eight percent of guest families became homeless as a direct result of eviction or foreclosure. In the latter category, the primary factor was foreclosure by the landlord, not families themselves suffering foreclosure (though that happens as well). Despite efforts by HUD to eliminate homelessness among veterans, the percentage, 2.9% of adult guests, is virtually unchanged from previous years.
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The current scope of the work of Family Promise:
• 199 Affiliates
• More than 1,000 community initiatives
• Approximately 6,000 congregations and 180,000 volunteers
Since the program began, more than 700,000 people have been served by Family Promise Affiliates. That truly is transforming lives.