In the past six months, Family Promise has helped a total of thirty-one people through the Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) program. RRH is a federally funded program designed to quickly house homeless individuals and families. This rent assistance program can pay up to 100% of a security deposit and first month’s rent, and then a maximum of 70% of monthly rent for up to twelve months. For those who qualify, Family Promise conducts an assessment, contacts landlords to explain the program and then visits the apartment to ensure it’s safe, secure and the amount of rent is appropriate. RRH rent assistance money is sent directly to the landlord, and the renter sends in their share. During the time a renter is in the RRH program, Family Promise staff provide case management services. These services include visiting the renter in their apartment, setting up a budget and connecting them to other resources in the community. Budgeting is a major component because the renter will start paying a larger portion of the rent until they are able to pay the entire amount on their own.
Through this program, eight families and five single persons have been helped. The families are all single mothers, have a combined total of nineteen children, eleven age 5 or younger. We look forward to helping even more this year.
In a Time of Emergency:
In early November of 2012, Keri and Matt a hardworking couple with her teenage son Brandon, were suddenly homeless due to foreclosure and had to move out of their house of 8 years. To make matters worse, later that year Keri had two awful falls that kept her out of work due to recovery from surgery and with no insurance the family was in a dire situation. For help, they called the Wisconsin Residence Authority who put them in contact with Family Promise. The family found support and a caring staff that was committed to helping them find affordable housing. Through the rapid-rehousing program, the family was able to afford a nice apartment with Family Promise paying for a portion of the rent as Keri recovered from her injuries and the family recovered from the foreclosure. Keri and Matt are thankful for the continued support that Family Promise has offered through connecting them to the professional clothing drive and community donations. Currently, the family is doing well, with Keri gradually returning back to work. From sudden loss, Keri and Matt found a compassionate helping hand at Family Promise.