Homeless families are coordinating with EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless and Family Promise of Santa Rosa to receive wrap around services to sustain self sufficiency. Habitat for Humanity has graciously set aside units to house these families, in which ECOH will be the lease holder. We will first conduct an intensive pre-screening of the families. Once the family is placed into a home, Family Promise will immediately start providing individualized case management and support to these families. They will attend weekly follow ups, monthly evaluations, and devise a plan of discharge upon completion of the program.
Over a course of 6 months, the family you “adopt” will apply for permanent housing through Habitat for Humanity, Section-8 Housing program or their own home ownership, receive assistance with employment, education, and childcare opportunities, and enroll in Getting Ahead courses. These include classes on budgeting, social capital, and parenting/life skills. Clients can also take advantage of multiple community resources.
EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and Family Promise to provide affordable temporary housing in Santa Rosa County. These homes will provide a safe place for families to reside at no cost.
To move homeless families out of homelessness one household at a time.
How You Can Help!
To make this program possible, we need your help! We are seeking out various churches and organizations willing to “adopt” a family for one year. Each home can be maintained by one organization alone, or by various agencies committed to working together to support each family. In order to run these homes, each unit will need to run off of a minimum of $700 per month, which will go towards the rent and utilities. (For example, one organization may be willing to commit to $700 a month, or 4 different agencies can support $175 each to total the monthly cost.) Any amount left over each month may go into an escrow, or savings, for the family to obtain after completing the program. 1 Family-1 Home cannot happen without the financial assistance of our community……
A Story of Success
The Herrman family gets ready for dinner while doing homework at their home in Milton, Fl., Thursday, January 16, 2015. From left, Waylon,7, Tiffanny, Hunter,8, Kevin and Bryleigh,4,. (Michael Spooneybarger/ Pensacola Today)
The Herrmans were living from paycheck to paycheck when Kevin Herrman broke his foot on a construction job last spring. The injury left the 32-year-old husband and father unable to work and pay the bills, for a couple of months. As a result, the Herrmans and their three children, two boys ages 7 and 8 and a 4-year-old daughter, were evicted from their Milton home.
“We just didn’t have income,” said 28-year-old Tiffany Herrman. “We were trying to play catch up and just had too many bills, then we got an eviction notice.”
That’s when they got help through a program launched by the EscaRosa Coalition on the Home-less called, “One Family, One Home.” They’re now staying in a former Habitat for Humanity home in Milton, rent free, with four bedrooms.
“It’s a big blessing,” said Herrman. “Thankfully we got a house. It has helped us tremendously.” Kevin Herrman, also a volunteer firefighter, is working again and the family is saving money.
The Hermann family along with all the families
The One Family One Home program has a one hundred percent success rate for families who have entered this program to move into permanent non-supported housing.