Services Provided: 1) Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), we served two families, a family of three, and a family of two 2) Rental Housing, we served 40 individuals in 11 families, 3) Referral/Communication Intakes, we had 7 family referrals in March, and had 27 touches. A Touch includes: Walk-ins, Calls and Questions regarding services available, or Providing Guidance and Direction.
IHN Updates: No information to report
Property Management: 1) Rental unit prepared for a family of two, 2) One housing unit now occupied by a family for the One Family One Home program (See Links page)
Day2Day Organizational Business: 1) On April 1st, West Florida Baptist Church constructed the raised-planting beds for two homes. They also ate lunch with the two families. The families are appreciative and blessed to have an area for planting squash, kale, tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. 2) On April 8th, The FPSR Spring Sale took place at the Milton Storage Facility. 3) As mentioned, The Family Promise National Conference will be in Washington D.C., Dates: from October 13th through the 16th.
Interfaith Hospitality Network
The Interfaith Hospitality Network is a shelter program just for families. It is small, with a maximum of 14 individuals (including children) in the program at a time. If you enter the IHN, your family will have dinner, spend the evening, stay overnight and eat breakfast at a church, synagogue or other house of worship called a host congregation. Each family has its own private space, and each Sunday, transportation will be provided for you to move from one congregation to the next.
Each weekday, you will go to the Day Center located in Milton. The Day Center will be your home base during the daytime and will be your address while you are a guest in the Network. A Network van will provide transportation, but you may use your own car if it is available. At the Day Center, the director of the Network, or Case Manager will meet with you to discuss housing and employment possibilities and to assist you in finding social services that may be helpful to you.
This is not a “normal” time in your life, and you may be feeling a great deal of stress. The IHN can help you by providing overnight accommodations, home-cooked meals, a Day Center, assistance in your housing search and other services to help you reach your goal of finding a stable home for your family.
The Family Promise of Santa Rosa Transitional Housing Program was established to provide temporary homes and support to homeless or formerly homeless families with minor children. These families have the opportunity to complete educational programs and reduce debt before securing independent housing. Families are provided the assistance of a case manager to help them access services and acquire skills designed to improve future stability.
Occupants are expected to participate in family and financial counseling, establish a budget, take steps to reduce debt and increase earning capacity, seek permanent housing, and make progress towards achieving other goals. Occupants are expected to set up a weekly appointment with the Case Manager to discuss progress toward goals. Occupants are expected to utilize their income to pay for utilities, necessities, and outstanding bills, and to save for such future costs as rent and utility deposits, home furnishings, etc.
The stay in transitional housing is temporary and occupants must move into permanent housing when a safe, affordable option becomes available for their family. Maintaining employment and having reliable transportation are the responsibilities of the occupants. Use of alcoholic beverages or non-prescribed drugs is prohibited in all FPSR facilities.
The Affordable Rental Program offers low-income rental housing for families with children.