Families who have been staying in Family Renew Community apartments long enough to become established in good-paying jobs, repair their credit and build substantial savings accounts are getting tripped up as they attempt to take their final step on the path out of homelessness.
“As housing costs continue to spiral out of control, many of our families have difficulty finding affordable housing, which slows their discharge from the program,” says Family Renew Executive Director Tony Deobil. “Although our clients have been able to save enough funds for move-in costs, they are not able to find apartments that are in their price range.”
This means that families who are equipped for self-sufficiency continue to occupy Family Renew apartments, leaving other homeless families waiting for desperately needed help. At the same time, the scarcity of affordable housing is believed to be pushing more families into homelessness.
In short, the affordable housing crisis is reducing the capacity of Family Renew Community to serve homeless families while it also increases the need for our help. This is why Tony eagerly accepted an invitation to lead a roundtable discussion of affordable housing during Sharing Conference 2022, a forum for local faith communities to exchange information how they are addressing a host of community issues. In addition to affordable housing, on the list are veteran outreach, caregivers support, feeding and care for the homeless, housing needs, financial assistance, accommodations for those with disabilities, interacting with the deaf and hard of hearing, prison ministry and random acts of kindness.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 11, in the community center at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1014 N. Halifax Ave., Daytona Beach. For information, contact organizer Sue Odena at 407-760-2304 or email@example.com. Sue says representatives of all faith communities are welcome.
“Come together to share how you serve your members and the community at large and learn what others are doing as well!”