The Housing Stabilization Program is a homeless prevention program designed to assist families who have been self-sufficient and suddenly find themselves at risk for homelessness. Limited financial assistance is given, as well as six to twelve months of case management services.
||Albert’s family was forced to live in a shelter when his former wife lost custody of their four children in another state. The new, suddenly larger family moved into a small apartment but they were forced to relocate because they exceeded the legal capacity. Albert, a full-time assembly-line worker who works as much overtime as he can, his partner Jessica, and six children stayed in motels for a while, paid for by Albert’s earnings; but finding a place to live with such a large family was impossible.
Through the Housing Stabilization Program, they now have an affordable rental apartment at a deeply discounted rate negotiated by Adopt-A-Family. The children participate in Project Grow’s Summer Camp and after-school program, and the caseworker has made arrangements for Legal Aid to help Jessica. Once Jessica can return to work, her income, along with the stability of home and a safe place for the children to go after school, are the tools that the family needs to be self-sufficient in the near future.