Why do families with children become homeless?
What can we as a community, a congregation, local business, or individual, do to address their needs to ensure a child’s homeless episode is very short in duration and non-recurring?
St. Martin’s HopeWorks is launching an evidenced-based, nationally-recognized program model designed to rapidly re-house families with children experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque. HopeWorks will provide the program infrastructure, intensive case management, and employment services while area communities of faith and local businesses sponsor the rental assistance for up to six months, one family at a time.
This model of “rapid re-housing” is widely considered a best practice, with an 85-90% success rate in helping families get back on their feet. Families often represent a higher-functioning segment of the homeless population, and have the best chance to become self-sufficient after an episode of homelessness typically caused by loss of a job, domestic disturbance, or other life circumstances which can be overcome with temporary support.
On August 31st, local faith leaders hosted a prayer breakfast with Mayor Richard Berry to discuss the HopeFound Initiative and its potential impact on families experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque. The Mayor encouraged this effort as an example of broad community collaboration with the faith community as the primary catalyst.