Family Stability focuses on lifting families out of crisis and moving them to self-sufficiency through homelessness prevention, shelter diversion, workforce development and financial education.

Program Summary

The program, operates out of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary/Middle School, seeks to achieve the following goals:

  • To help families stay housed
  • To support families so their children can remain in their current schools
  • To provide families with additional tools to maintain self-sufficiency

Services

We do so through providing:

  • Case Management: Work one-on-one with a case manager to assess the family’s strengths, create a family goals plan and connect to additional community resources. Intensive case management is provided for six to nine months, with up to three months of aftercare
  • Financial Assistance: Receive short-term financial assistance so families can remain housed and children can succeed in school. Financial assistance is flexible and is determined by individual family needs.
  • Workshops:
    • Parenting skills workshops
    • Home energy saving workshops that teach ways to reduce utility bills
    • Financial education workshops offered in partnership with Baltimore CASH Campaign
    • Workforce development services offered in partnership with the Center for Urban Families, Associated Black Charities and The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore

Eligibility Criteria

In order to participate families have to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Live in the 21215 or 21211 zip code
  • Are at risk of losing permanent housing
  • Have at least one child enrolled in a K-12 school
  • Have an income less than 50 percent of the area’s annual median income level (i.e. for a family of four living in Baltimore City, the total annual median income must be below $42,800 /year)
  • Demonstrate an ability to sustain their monthly expenses
  • Have financial assistance needs that can be met with available funding
  • Are willing to participate in case management and meet program responsibilities

Led by United Way of Central Maryland, the Family Stability Program was seeded with a grant from the Siemer Institute for Family Stability and generous donors.

Program Background

The Family Stability Program is part of a nationwide initiative – led by the Siemer Institute for Family Stability – locally supported by the United Way of Central Maryland. The program led by PHR was launched in September, 2014.

For more information, contact Ronald L. Edmonds