Contributed by SERVE
Did you know that every night over 40% of the 92 SERVE Family Shelter beds are filled with children – that is about 37 children!
The PWC SERVE shelter has joined a state wide initiative to end family homelessness and has committed to rapidly re-house 50 families in 100 days during this holiday season.
Rapid re-housing is a strategy that has been successfully used by many communities to reduce homelessness. Today, most households become homeless as a result of a financial crisis preventing them from paying rent, or a domestic conflict that results in one member being ejected or leaving with no resources/plan for housing. Most households who become homeless have already lived in independent permanent housing, and they can generally return to and remain stably housed with limited assistance. Homelessness itself is associated with a host of negative outcomes that can be minimized by limiting the period of time people experience it. By helping homeless households return to permanent housing as soon as possible, communities have been able to reduce the length of time people remain in homeless shelters. This opens beds for others who need them, and reduces the public and personal costs of homelessness.
The greater Prince William area community of donors has always been extremely generous to SERVE shelter residents all year, but in particular during the holidays. This year we ask you to partner with us in this challenge – toys and clothes are quickly out grown, but a home can provide a life time of safety and security.
Instead of a contribution of gifts or a party consider the following and help us get every family home for the holidays!
* A financial contribution to our re-housing fund, used for first months rent and security deposits
* Welcome Home baskets – with the basic necessities such as sheets, towels, shower curtains, housewares
* A connection to a local property manager or landlord with an affordable unit to rent
If you would like more information about our rapid re-housing program, family homelessness in our community and how to help, please contact Andrea Zych, Director of Housing at 571.748.2601 [email protected]
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