1880 Princeton Ave
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Class of Housing/Services: Transitional Housing, Non Profit Organization
We have eight apartments dedicated to the use of families in transition, with access to more as needed. Families live in these apartments for a few months or up to a year, with intensive case management aimed at increasing employability and enhancing family life. Each family’s monthly rent amounts to 30 percent of gross income. That money is saved up for them until they move out. Then the sum can be useful in providing a security deposit for a more-permanent residence. HomeFront also participates in Rapid ReHousing, a program in which families pay rent on a sliding scale, while HomeFront works with parents to secure better-paying employment, which would enable them to pay higher. Prevention / Emergency Help In our many years of working with homeless families, HomeFront has learned an important lesson – the value of preventing homelessness. Historically, services for the homeless have focused on their immediate needs – shelter, food and clothing, the necessities of life. While we still make every effort to provide these necessities, we have recognized and accepted the more-profound challenge of a long-range approach to preventing homelessness. How do we identify at-risk families and intervene before the catastrophe of homelessness drastically worsens the situation? This may well be the challenge of our next twenty years – and HomeFront has already taken beginning steps in this direction. We address the problems that cause families to become – and stay – homeless. It means addressing issues like substance abuse, education, employment and a host of others. It means teaching families how to raise their children in a positive, healthy environment – and making it possible for them to do so. It means ensuring that the next generation starts life at the starting line – not behind it. It means giving them access to higher education, employment, a positive and stable social and family life. It goes far beyond addressing housing and hunger. Poverty and homelessness pass from generation to generation, but so do education, employment, health and success. More immediately, to keep at-risk families from becoming homeless and to help them stabilize their future living situations, we provide emergency funds for back rent, security deposits and utilities in conjunction with intensive case management. If necessary, we provide a temporary emergency residence and employment-skills training and one-to-one help with job searching and job interviews.
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