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HOUSING FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES

Interfaith’s Home & Hope Program provides housing for homeless families in one of our 25 lovingly decorated, furnished apartments.  The apartments are rent-free if families enter the program unemployed.  Upon obtaining employment, Interfaith requires a monthly occupancy charge of 30% of the net family income. To encourage savings, Interfaith returns 100% of that charge to families who save $500 or more and successfully complete all other program requirements.

In addition to housing, parents are required to meet weekly with their personal success coach and financial empowerment coach to provide the accountability and support needed to reach their goals.  Additionally, unemployed and underemployed parents must participate in our Career Development Program until viable employment is obtained.  We also provide on-site counseling, child-care assistance, afterschool & summer programs, and life skills training.

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STABILITY FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN

Children in grades K-6 attend Interfaith’s on-site Hope & Horizons Program.  This special program is designed to stabilize homeless children through a combination of arts and crafts that emphasis creativity, play therapy to address emotional and social issues, individualized tutoring to address common academic gaps, and field trips & camps that expose children to the larger world.

During the summer, teens are encouraged to participate in Interfaith’s Summer Work program. Teens rotate from various positions throughout Interfaith ranging from Children’s Program Assistants to Facility Assistants. In addition to earning funds for the school year, teens are required to save part of their income, open up a savings account at Credit Union of Texas, and participate in Financial Literacy Classes. Activities such as their annual college tour, summer tutoring program, and the work program provide a comprehensive approach that prepares our teens for life as self-sufficient adults.