Interfaith Hospitality Network
mother loses her job, a father is kept from working by an injury, a
family is forced from their home by fire or natural disaster.
Healthcare costs soar, public transportation is underfunded, affordable
housing is almost impossible to find. These are the reasons why
families now make up 40 percent of the homeless population, and why one
out of every four homeless people is a child.
In response to this crisis, the Interfaith Hospitality Network brings
the faith community together to help families regain their housing,
their independence, and their dignity. IHN is a partnership of
congregations within a community helping families who are facing
homelessness. It offers an opportunity for volunteers of all faiths to
reduce homelessness and transform lives.
Interfaith Hospitality Networks are currently operating in 41 states and
the District of Columbia, in large cities, suburbs, and rural
counties. They mobilize community resources: houses of worship for
lodging, congregations for volunteers, social service agencies for
assessment and referrals, and existing facilities for day programs.
This strategy enables networks to help homeless families achieve lasting
independence at a third of the cost of traditional shelters.
Nationally, nearly 80 percent of the families that IHNs serve go on to
long-term housing. In 2010, Family Promise affiliates served nearly
50,000 children and adults and involved more than 140,000 volunteers in
Currently, 171 affiliates are in
operation, and dozens more are in development. Use the drop-down box at
the right to find an IHN at an Affiliate near you.
Above information found at www.familypromise.org