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Natick-based Family Promise Metrowest helps the homeless

By Maureen Sullivan, provincetown.wickedlocal.com

9 days ago   Article ID# 4132500
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Family Promise Metrowest

PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS (provincetown.wickedlocal.com) - A walk, a concert, a way to help end homelessness.

Over the past decade, Family Promise Metrowest has helped dozens of families “break the cycle,” not only with assisting with immediate needs, such as temporary housing, but with longer-term goals, such as job training and saving money toward more permanent housing.

Family Promise Metrowest is the first referral for families in the region who have been denied shelter by local or state agencies.

According to statistics provided by FPM, for the first three months of fiscal 2017, 1,348 families were approved for emergency shelter and/or HomeBASE diversion benefits, while 1,270 families were denied assistance.

The high costs of housing in the area, combined with a minimum wage that still does not cover these costs, remain a persistent challenge, according to Sue Crossley, executive director for FPM.

“The lack of affordable housing, and the income to live in this area ... we try to focus more in this area,” said Crossley.

Long-term solutions

In Steps for Success, FPM clients are given assessments on their work history, likes, interests and more. They are also provided with career guidance, training in writing resumes and cover letters, how to conduct a job search, and more.

Another goal for FPM has been to locate affordable housing for its client families. A few years ago, it established a transitional housing program where FPM subsidized families’ rental payments for 12-24 months.

Last year, FPM entered a partnership with the Natick Affordable Housing Trust to create permanent affordable housing. With help from a $65,000 grant from the Wellesley Congregational Church, and labor from Keefe Tech students, a house is being built on Bacon Street. The two-family house, which will include a two-bedroom and three-bedroom unit, will be permanent housing for FPM families.

Eligibility requirements are determined by FPM staff, with a particular focus on continuing education. The house should be completed by September.

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Updated 9 days ago   Article ID# 4132500

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