Because of the high numbers of families staying at the local shelters or being temporarily diverted or housed in local hotels, community leaders from local government, faith communities and non-profit service providers called an emergency meeting Friday, December 15th, 2014. Approximately 50 attended.
We continue working to strategically respond from many angles and we know that providing a home is our best chance at sustainably moving forward. This group is asking the community to provide 20 homes by January 1, 2015. We need landlords to allow families to move into existing units to make this happen.
This is an urgent need. Please help us find homes for our neighbors.
There are a number of families in the shelters who have income, vouchers to pay rent, and case management to support their housing stabilization. These families or even single adults could move into housing (an apartment) if a landlord would accept the vouchers. There are incentives for the landlord/property management who rents to these families, including coverage for damage or lost rent through the Landlord Risk Mitigation Fund, and we have worked to make the process efficient for the landlord who has an available unit now.
If you have housing to rent and are interested in learning more, call Jen at 701.866.5533.
Holiday warmth is a cold promise if you are a homeless family. At least 20 families have the support to succeed, including access to a fund that insures the landlord’s property and rents.
If you have housing to rent, call Jen 701-866-5333.
For more information: http://www.fmhomeless.org (under Landlord Risk Mitigation Fund)
This is a partnership of Churches United for the Homeless, Central Cities Ministries, the FM Coalition for Homeless Persons and other emergency shelters. For more information contact Jane Alexander or Jen Engquist (CUFH), Rev. Sue Koesterman (CCM) or Laurie Baker (FM Coalition for Homeless Persons).