The Issue: Families Moving into Unequipped Housing
In 2011, the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program reported that through $1.5 billion worth of grants, it managed to prevent or end homelessness for one million Americans. The grant money provided often went toward organizations such as the Hamilton Family Center, which provides sliding-scale housing subsidies that empower families experiencing homelessness to establish permanent homes. Families transitioning through homelessness are often forced to abandon everything they own. When they move into new housing, they have to start from scratch, buying food, clothes, and furniture to rebuild their lives and make housing homes.
The Campaign: Furniture for Families to Establish Homes
If this Grassroots campaign raises $400, then Hamilton Family Center can fund a bed-and-dresser set for one low-income Bay Area family transitioning from homelessness into new housing. Each additional $10 raised will go toward funding other furnishing for the new home, such as a twin bed, dishes and pans, a couch, and linens, as well as furnishings for additional families.
In the first quarter of 2012, Hamilton Family Center will establish permanent housing solutions for 70 families. The organization's staff finds families on the list for shelters and supplies them with rent subsidies for up to 18 months, support services, eviction-prevention services, monthly food boxes, and discounted furniture to help stabilize their living situations.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Hamilton Family Center
Hamilton Family Center works to transition more than 300 families into permanent housing every year and prevent its clients from becoming homeless with a comprehensive array of housing solutions and support services. The organization places families with sustainable income into permanent housing and provides shallow-rent subsidies and support services to help them achieve stability. Furnishings help turn the new houses into livable spaces, and monthly food boxes, job training, health screenings, financial-literacy coaching, and afterschool activities for children foster a community atmosphere and encourage personal advancement. After placement, case managers and family therapists work with the families to maintain their housing situations and rebuild their lives.