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February 21, 2017
Every child deserves a home. Yet we all know homelessness continues to plague our islands. There are simply not enough affordable rentals and our families compete with those earning much higher incomes. Many landlords require tenants to have credit scores of 650 or higher and earn income three times the rent amount. Even with two full-time working parents, many of our families do not meet these requirements. We see too many struggle to find homes. Our network of 1,500 Family Promise volunteers continues to host families and provide meals and support when they need it most. What if we could all take one more step to ensure our families find permanent homes?
We are excited to announce our new campaign - the House-a-Family Challenge. This fun-spirited "competition" relies on our resourceful volunteers to help us find more affordable rentals in our communities. Family Promise volunteers have rented apartments to families in the past, and many of you have friends or family members with rental properties. The House-a-Family Challenge asks all of you to reach out to your networks. We challenge each of our host and support sites to find ONE rental for a family. Together, we can find homes for dozens of children and their parents.
Our ask is simple. We thank you for connecting landlords you know to our Family Promise team. Your introduction and good word can go a long way in influencing landlords or rental managers to give families in our program a chance. Family Promise staff will take it from there, following up on your introduction and using our experience to assist the family with every step of the application process. We'll help prepare the families for success, but YOU could be the reason more children find a place to call home!
This challenge began on February 15, 2017. Each site or community group that secures a rental will be acknowledged in our newsletter with a picture and/or short story about the family who found a home.
Please contact Christy MacPherson, Housing Specialist with questions, ideas, and your rental connections! Call (808) 548-7478 or email email@example.com.