The Issue: Housing for Homeless Families
Sisters Place, Inc. subsidizes permanent and transitional housing for single-parent families who are working their way out of poverty and homelessness. When families graduate from subsidized housing to independent living, they take the furniture that was provided for them in their home at Sisters Place, leaving the transitional housing unit empty in preparation for the next family’s arrival. Since 1997, the organization has assisted 210 families lift themselves out of homelessness.
The Campaign: Furnishing Homes with Cleaning Supplies
If 15 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Sisters Place, Inc. can purchase cleaning supplies for one family who is moving into transitional housing after experiencing homelessness. The supplies will include a vacuum cleaner, broom, mop, dustpan, sponge, household cleaning products, laundry basket, detergent, kitchen-towel set, bath towels, and toiletries. Each additional $150 raised will fund cleaning supplies for another family.
When they arrive at their new homes, parents find the rooms fully furnished and stocked with cleaning supplies to help ease their transition. After gaining a permanent residence of their own, families can take these items with them, so Sisters Place must refurnish the home for the next family. That way, both families can start their new lives fully equipped with the basic necessities.
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Sisters Place, Inc.
Nearly two decades ago, a group of 14 religious communities founded Sisters Place, Inc. to provide housing and support services to single-parent families. To ensure the families settled into a larger community, the organization purchased 16 apartments in the 450-unit Century Townhomes complex. Today, Sisters Place works to empower 32 families to escape the cycle of poverty by completing education and securing employment. After receiving a recommendation from a social-service agency, families who have been victims of abuse, lived with a mental illness, or struggled with addiction can move into housing and take part in support programs. Single parents with physical or mental disabilities or substance-abuse issues can live in permanent housing, whereas young parents between the ages of 18 and 35 can live in rent-assisted housing for up to two years. While in the housing, families benefit from support services including childcare, transportation, cultural opportunities, and case management to get them on the path to self-sufficiency.