Safe-Keeping Homelessness Prevention & Diversion Services
Preventing families from becoming homeless in the first place with Safe-Keeping.
With more than 40% of Americans a $400 expense away from financial distress, the threat of crisis looms closely for too many families. Preventing families from spiraling into homelessness is an essential part of the Family Promise mission.
Our "Upstream" Initiative
Following the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Family Promise of Knoxville started re-envisioning the way in which we serve families. With limitations on sheltering, our affiliate turned our attention to keeping families from becoming homeless. Through community partnerships and specialized referrals, we can support families through rental assistance, rapid re-housing, or other diversion maneuvers, including landlord mediation.
Since our soft launch in July 2020, we have served 15 families with 36 children. Presently - in Knox County - it costs $203.75 per child to keep a family from experiencing homelessness. Currently, funding ranges from month-to-month.