Next Step Program
Providing a longer-term affordable housing solution to graduates of the Empowerment Program
The Next Step (Transitional Housing) Program provides affordable housing opportunities to graduates of FPHC's Empowerment Program.
There is an affordable housing crisis in Hall County, and it is the number one obstacle to long-term success for low-income families. By providing low-rent housing options for our families, the likelihood that they will achieve long-term success increases greatly.
HOW IT WORKS
Our staff facilitates the Next Step Program using houses donated to be used as rental properties for graduates of FPHC's Empowerment Program. While in the program, families pay monthly rent based on their income. Their utilities are covered by that rent payment, and the remainder is deposited into a savings account for the family.
The families have to meet certain requirements to remain eligible.
They must meet monthly with a Family Advocate to review their budget, set goals, and ensure progress.
The must attend L.I.F.E. Program classes.
They must maintain employment and submit pay stubs.
They must pass random inspections of the Next Step property.
This program provides an opportunity for families to build their personal savings while developing the habit of monthly rent payments. They gain experience maintaining a home while remaining in close partnership with FPHC staff and volunteers. Long-term, we envision multiple homes opened across Hall County and many families taking the important next steps to independence.
Next Step Properties
The Railroad Avenue house was the first property donated to Family Promise of Hall County. In Fall 2016, Flowery Branch UMC donated their parsonage to FPHC for use as a Next Step Program house.
The house had been vacant for many years, and this powerful little congregation decided they would love to have a family utilizing the space. This property has been housing families since August 2017.
Spring Street, donated by the North Georgia Conference of the UMC, was the second property given to FPHC. The early stages of renovation revealed extensive termite damage in the existing structure, requiring that FPHC demolish and rebuild, therefore pausing progress on the property.
An opportunity arose in Fall 2016 to obtain a 3-bed/ 2-bath modular showhome, but transport, installation, and fundraising became a challenge. Thanks to partners Jim Chapman Communities and HomeAide Atlanta, the home, valued at $300,000, was installed and completed in March of 2017.
Check out this video of installation day!