Download Call to Action Document

Why?

It has been proposed by the City of Toledo, Department of Neighborhoods that Family House receives a $89,000 CUT in FUNDING!

When?

Effective July 1, 2012

How?

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

1) Call and/or email City Council!

Let them know that our community needs to protect families who are homeless and to VOTE AGAINST the City’s recommendations to cut funds to FAMILY HOUSE.

419.245.1050

Toledo City Council Members

** Chair of the Neighborhoods Committee,  Adam Martinez – adam.martinez@toledo.oh.gov



2) Write and mail or fax letters to City Council!

One Government Center, Suite 2120
Toledo, Ohio 43604
FAX:  419-245-1072

3) Write a letter to the Editor of the Blade!

Readers’ Forum, The Blade
541 North Superior Street
P.O. Box 921
Toledo, OH 43697-0921

Fax letters to 419-724-6191 or email them to letters@theblade.com

Or send them to the Blade website:   http://www.toledoblade.com/Letters-to-the-Editor


Talking Points

Download Talking Points Document

**  WE ARE ASKING THAT OUR CDBG FUNDS BE RESTORED! **

City Council reject the recommendation of the City of Toledo to de-fund Family House from CDBG funds for 2012-2013 of $82,000

Organizational budget:  $800k

Historical allocations:

  • (Emergency SHELTER Grant)  ESG – $171k
  • (Community Development Block Grant) CDBG – $82k

FY 2012-2013 (current) allocation recommendation by Dept. of Neighborhoods:

  • (Emergency SOLUTIONS Grant) ESG – $168k
  • CDBG – $0
  • Total loss per recommendations: $89k

Toledo Community Service Center, dba Family House – 25 yrs. old
Largest homeless shelter for families in northwest Ohio, 2nd largest in Ohio

The goals and objectives of Family House can be condensed to:

  1. Provide emergency and immediate, safe, clean and warm shelter to families, nutritious meals, clothing and basic hygiene items needs such as toiletries,
  2. Self-sufficiency and a stabilization planning, implementation, support and evaluation.
  3. Proactive homeless services through an Aftercare program, toward the prevention of a homeless relapse.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, of every 200 children in America, 3 will be homeless today and more than double that number will be at risk for homelessness.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – there was a 29 percent increase in sheltered family homelessness nationwide between 2007 and 2010 and families comprise the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, accounting for more than one third of the overall group. 

Fiscal Year 2011:

  • Individuals served: 579
  • Children served: 332
  • Families served: 203
  • Number of children served in daycare/Head Start: 93
  • Average length of stay: 38 days
  • Meals provided: 35,073
  • # of families engaged in Aftercare program: 18
  • 75% of families served by Family House had favorable housing outcomes
  • Primary population served:  low/no income, no education, single mothers with an average of three to five children, living within the City of Toledo limits.
  • Approximately 70% of the clients served are under the age of 18 years old.
  • “Family” population we serve includes: married or unmarried couples with children, married or formally cohabitating same-sex couples, single parents and pregnant women

Mission

Family House is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing homeless families in crisis with professional, comprehensive housing and social services in a safe, caring environment.

Core Values

  • To treat each and every family member with the upmost dignity and respect.
  • To meet families where they are in their lives, without judgment, to assist them in their journey toward independence.