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September 9, 2020 - The soon to be re-named Family Promise of the Coastal Empire – which is planning to merge from three area affiliates in Savannah, Bryan and Effingham counties – has announced the launch of their Transitional Housing Program that provides short-term independent housing units for families who are ready to live independently, yet require additional time and services to achieve total self-sufficiency.

This new program is beginning in Savannah on Cumming Street, where Family Promise – with help from the City of Savannah, Chatham County / City of Savannah Land Bank Authority and Community Housing Services Agency – acquired two abandoned, adjoining single-family homes that it is now renovating. Through this new program, Family Promise can ensure their graduate families stay safe and together as they work toward permanent financial independence, as it can often be difficult to find them stable, long-term housing.

Family Promise works to alleviate homelessness among families with children by providing full-service emergency shelter, meals, and inclusive support. As the families go through the organization’s emergency shelter program, they either stay in hotels, at host congregations, or at the static locations in Richmond Hill and Effingham where guests can shower, attend to laundry needs, care for their children, and meet regularly with case managers to map their progress and navigate through the systemic barriers that lead to their homelessness. Family Promise is one of the few emergency shelters in the area that allows all members of the family to reside together, while working on their sufficiency plan. Families are linked to available resources designed to help them achieve lasting independence.

“At Family Promise, we're all about foundations. Every family needs a carefully crafted foundation to thrive. Every child needs a steady foundation to reach their full potential,” Family Promise Executive Director Katrina Bostick said. “We aim to provide homeless families with the foundation they need to earn lasting independence, and this Transitional Housing Program will allow us to do just that. As families graduate from our emergency shelter or homeless assistance program, it is often difficult to find them a suitable home that will allow them to stay permanently. This program will also allot time for families to get a feel for what it’s like to live independently in a place that will allow them grace, but also offer support whenever needed. We are very excited about the launch of this new initiative as it will be further boost our mission of keeping families together.”

Bostick added that Family Promise is looking for support from the community for this initiative, in the shape of volunteer workers willing to help fix up the two houses or through monetary donations. “Any assistance would be greatly appreciated,” she said.

Family Promise works with host congregations to reduce the number of families who are separated when they fall on difficult times and find themselves homeless. However, the organization expands its mission beyond just providing meals and shelter for families. They also offer mentoring, homelessness-prevention programs and services, and initiatives to address the underlying causes of homelessness. Family Promise has a strong track record in keeping families together, while offering support and resources towards long-term independence.

For more information about Family Promise or the Transitional Housing Program, please visit www.familypromisesavannah.org.

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