Family Promise of Hunterdon County responded to one of its busiest years in a decade by helping to secure permanent housing for all of its 2014 shelter client families and reducing the average length of shelter stay to its shortest duration in years.
The nonprofit agency provided shelter for 16 households with 51 individual clients, including 30 children, in 2014. Family Promise of Hunterdon County provided a total of 3,184 shelter nights (the sum of all nights the 51 clients spent in shelter) in the agency’s countywide network of shelters. This was 32% more than in 2013 (2,410 nights), and the highest number since 2007 (3,573 nights).
“Last year’s numbers illustrate that despite the current economic recovery, homelessness continues to affect families throughout Hunterdon County,” said Maggie D’Aversa, Family Promise of Hunterdon County Board President. “It is a testament to the hard work of our staff, volunteers and other agencies throughout the network that we were able to have so much success in securing permanent housing while also shortening the time our clients remained in the shelters.”
The number of individual shelter clients (51) last year was the most since 2009 (51); and the number of children clients (30) was the most since 2007 (30).
Family Promise also provided mental health services—including weekly counseling, support groups, and music therapy—for 29 households (86 clients; 35 children) who were either homeless or in danger of becoming homeless.
Family Promise of Hunterdon County is a nonprofit agency that was established in 1990 with a mission to end homelessness by mobilizing the community to guide homeless families and individuals to self-sufficiency and permanent housing with compassionate care, services and professional support. Family Promise provides shelter, meals, mental health services and other support services for families and individuals who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless.
For more information, visit familypromisehc.org.