Introducing Connections, MOM's New Housing Program!
We are excited to announce the creation of Connections, a housing program that will serve households that are in doubled-up living arrangements. Doubling-up is when an individual or family lives with another household temporarily or shuffles indefinitely between homes because of economic need. There are many people in the MOM service area that are doubled-up and living in crowded conditions that sometimes violate their lease and put them at risk of eviction. Because doubled-up does not meet the federal definition of homelessness, often these households are not eligible for other housing programs, many of which rely on federal funds. Connections will help address this critical unmet need and allow families and individuals to have a place of their own to call home.
Connections will have a dedicated case manager who works with a specific number of households. People will be referred to the program by community partners, such as school social workers and Joining Forces for Families social workers. The case manager will work with the Connections participant to find housing in the MOM service area. Once they move in, the participants and case manager will work together on goals to maintain stability. Participants can remain in the program for up to one year, depending on their needs.
This program is only possible because of your generous support. If you are interested in supporting this program into the future, consider joining our Circle of Hope. Joining the Circle of Hope is the perfect way to provide the steady support needed to sustain households in this program. In the coming months, we will be sharing additional ways you can help doubled-up households in our community transition to stable housing.
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