• Chloe, Communications Intern

With the weight of the pandemic taking its toll on all of us, taking care of your Mental Health is very important.

Family Promise supports families experiencing homelessness, and the majority of families who come to us for assistance benefit from mental health resources. Lack of permanent housing can induce anxiety, especially as a parent. It is difficult for families to get resources to assist with bettering their mental health, but Family Promise is here to help!

Children can be impacted by homelessness just as much as adults. Without stable housing, there is no sense of security. In return, this can directly correlate to behavioral and emotional behavior that can affect their schooling. Children that experience homelessness are 8-9 times more likely to repeat a grade because they constantly fall behind in school.

Overall, Family Promise believes it is very important for anyone struggling to receive help with their mental health. Here are some resources for anyone in Orange County who needs help during these difficult times. We want to remind you that you matter, and don’t be afraid to reach out to get help!

Help is always here:

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  • Monica, Communications Intern

Updated: Feb 24

A recent blog post was posted by Family Promise CEO, Claas Ehlers, on the expansion of and necessity for diversion programs and it left us thinking. Are our supporters aware that we at Family Promise of Orange County are often able to provide both diversion and prevention services to our families beyond our existing core programs?

In today's blog post, we will briefly discuss what diversion and prevention services are, how they are different, and how we utilize them.

Prevention services are aimed at making sure families don’t lose their current housing. This can be achieved by providing services such as rental assistance or landlord mediation.

Diversion services are to help families experiencing homelessness locate alternative housing solutions to avoid entering a shelter program. Diversion of shelter is about identifying the strengths of families to uncover an existing solution for shelter opportunity.

Family Promise of Orange County primarily helps families through our three core programs: Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, and Supportive Services. We regularly provide shelter and case management to families experiencing homelessness, as well as stabilization programs once they have secured housing to ensure they remain independent.

However, we are also able to provide Prevention and Diversion services to families who reach out to us in need of assistance. We provide families at risk of missing a rent payment with rental assistance so they avoid losing their home. We provide diversion services by working with families to locate temporary housing opportunities within their circle so that they do not have to enter the shelter system.

Although Diversion and Prevention are not core programs at Family Promise of Orange County, our work regularly entails generating solutions for our families that move beyond the shelter programs.

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2020 was an incredibly difficult year for many. Although we would have wished for normality with the new year, it sadly was not the case. The United States continues to report the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases, and California remains as the leading state with surging case numbers. Many Americans are still unemployed or furloughed with no clear sign of when they will return to work.

As we enter the second year of the pandemic, millions of renters continue to experience economic hardships while their overdue rent payments pile up. With the economy suffering, government officials have been urged to extend the Federal Eviction Moratorium that was set to end on January 31, 2020. President Biden extended the moratorium by two months while states and cities made decisions to extend their own eviction moratoriums.

In late January, Cal Matters reported that a new legislative agreement would extend the eviction moratorium until the end of June while giving incentives to landlords to forgive overdue rent utilizing $2.6 billion in federal relief.

The New York Times published an article detailing the pandemic’s toll on the existing housing crisis and even mentions Family Promise.

“Claas Ehlers, chief executive of Family Promise, a homeless-prevention nonprofit that has more than 200 affiliates in 43 states, said people without leases constituted an outsize share of the group’s requests for rental aid and assistance.”

You can find the article HERE.

At Family Promise Orange County, we work diligently to provide support to families experiencing homelessness, including rental assistance. While the extension provides temporary relief to vulnerable renters, we need to continue to advocate for nationwide rental assistance until the end of the pandemic.

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