Where would you turn if you were faced with eviction and the threat of homelessness?
This scenario is repeated over and over again by families looking for resources to provide stability to their household during times of crisis. The answer may be as close as a call to the office of Family Promise of Sussex County.
Incorporated in 1997, Family Promise of Sussex County has provided services to assist families and single men and women as they work towards housing stability and self-sufficiency. The mission of the agency is to serve homeless families by:
- Uniting Local Congregations and Community Resources to Provide Shelter and Meals
- Working with Families to Overcome Barriers to Self-Sufficiency
- Advocating for Local Affordable Housing Solutions
In recent year we have expanded the resources available to include Emergency Shelter, Men’s Day, Intensive Case Management Services, Employment and Careering Counseling, Life Skills Seminars and Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Programs.
The Emergency Shelter program provides short-term, 30 day shelter services to families in Sussex County. The program works with local churches for overnight shelter, food and supportive services utilizing a wealth of volunteerism. At our Day Center shelter guests are responsible to engage in intensive case management services, employment and housing searches and work with agency staff to address their comprehensive needs as they work towards their goals for housing and financial stability.
The Men’s Day program offers street homeless men respite from the elements and a resource for showers, laundry, case management and employment and housing searches. Local volunteers provide nutritionally balanced bagged lunches and a limited resource of clothing items are made available to participants to meet their individual needs. Our Men’s Day program provides support and resources and has successfully assisted many participants in obtaining housing as they work towards self-sufficiency and housing permanency. The agency has launched a GoFundMe campaign (https://www.gofundme.com/xcmz5fsc) to expand the laundry and shower facilities within the agency to meet the growing needs of the agency.
Intensive Case Management services are available to all county residents who are at-risk or homeless. Advocacy and referral services are provided for outside organizations to support needs that are not met by existing agency programing. Family Promise of Sussex County works closely with other social service agencies within the county to provide comprehensive coverage to meet family needs and
remove barriers to their success. The Day Center computer center resources are available for employment and housing searches and all participants are encouraged to participate in Life Skills seminars. Weekly youth group programs and pre-school early learners programs are hosted to provide support and screening for children impacted by the instability of housing and to ensure that their educational, psychological and emotional needs are met. Weekly sessions
provide a forum for fun learning where children can share their experiences and gain strength and knowledge from the support of other who have similar life situations.
The Rapid Rehousing program was expanded in 2016 to provide assistance to a greater number of county residents. Homeless families and individuals can contact the agency to inquire about eligibility requirements. A Housing Specialist meets with each applicant to assess eligibility and provide support with the application process. Participants may be eligible for up to a year of limited financial support, assistance with security deposits and utility deposits.
New to the agency in 2016, The Homeless Prevention program provides short-term emergency assistance to those who have been served with an eviction notice and are facing imminent loss of housing. The program works with landlords and tenants to address the short-term financial crisis and may provide up to six months of financial support.
The Day Center and agency office is located at 19 Church Street in Newton
Office Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 to 4:30. Family Promise of Sussex County works to eradicate homelessness in Sussex County and provides resources to strengthen children and families. Sussex County residents in need of services or landlords interested in obtaining additional information can contact the agency at 973-579-1180 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.