Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP)
Our Homelessness Prevention Program was developed in response to the COVID-19 health crisis which continues to put millions of households across the United States at risk of homelessness.
The Board and staff, with guidance from the Family Promise national headquarters developed a new program to expand our services to families that are at risk of becoming homeless.
The Homeless Prevention Program (HPP) focuses on helping families dealing with housing insecurity. Most of the participants in this program are former guest families (aka: graduated families). The HPP provides families who are at risk of homelessness a variety of supportive services. Our staff works with each family to ensure that basic needs are met and that they are safely housed or sheltered. Based on availability, families participating in the HPP may receive services like rental and/or utility assistance, groceries, and customized case management services including one-on-one supportive conversations, program referrals, and financial literacy activities. The HPP launched on October 1, 2020 and as of September 15, 2021, we are serving 12 households in the program and have a 100% eviction prevention rate.
Download the HPP info sheet for more information about our newest initiative: CLICK HERE
Shelter Coordination Program
AKA: the Interfaith Hospitality Network
Due to the risks of COVID-19 we are limiting social exposure and we are unable to host families in our Interfaith Hospitality Network.
The information below refers to pre-COVID programing, which is not available at this time.
A Day In the Life of a Guest Family
at Family Promise of Central Connecticut
Our guest families start their days waking up at one of our Host Congregations. Congregation volunteers will provide breakfast, and everyone eats together. Families will then travel to the Family Promise Day Center, which is a 2 story home located in New Britain. The families will be driven to the FP Day Center in in our van, which is driven by a staff member of Family Promise. Once the families arrive at the FP Day Center, they will shower and prepare for school and work. School buses will transport students to school from the FP Day Center, however, most of our families walk to school together.
Adult guests use the FP Day Center resources to search for housing and employment, often with help from Family Promise staff and volunteers.
At the end of the day, the Family Promise van will take families back to the host congregation. At the church, volunteers will greet the family and help them settle back into their private sleeping areas. Then volunteers and guests will dine together in a family setting. Evening activities for children may include homework, crafts, tutoring, or games. Adults may plan their next day’s search for work or housing, read to their children, talk with volunteers, or just relax.
After a week’s stay with the first host congregation, volunteers will help families move to another host congregation. Nine weeks is a family’s average length of stay in the program. Nearly 80 percent of guest families secure permanent or transitional housing before leaving Family Promise.