Have you heard about Harford Family House, but aren’t sure what we do? Plain and simple, we enable positive change for families with children experiencing homelessness in Harford County by providing them the tools they need to get back on their feet.
Contrary to popular belief and understanding, while we do in fact provide a variety of services to individuals experiencing homelessness, we are not like traditional homeless shelters, meaning that we do not provide emergency, overnight housing. What we do is keep entire families experiencing homelessness – mom, dad, the kids, even grandma and grandpa, in some cases – whole while helping them help themselves.
Once a family steps through our doors, the true magic happens. We work 1:1 with families and talk with them about their experiences, their life goals and what they want their futures to look like. Once their picture is outlined, we work with them to help paint the masterpiece they envision.
How do we do that? First and foremost, we get them off the streets by placing them into transitional housing units – fully furnished one- and two-bedroom apartments – that they can call home for up to one year. While staying with us they are required to work and pay monthly rent, which acclimates them to life outside of Harford Family House. In addition to providing a safe place to call home, we offer a variety of programs to our clients to help them achieve their individualized goals. From job skills training and resume review, to providing training on how to manage stress and their personal finances, we equip them with what they need to succeed.
Homelessness is not a way of life – it’s a phase of life. Harford Family House partners with other community agencies to ensure the families we help have the best chance of successfully achieving independence – and our program’s success rate is currently 88 percent!
Homelessness can happen to anyone, when you least expect it – Harford Family House is here to help. If you’re curious to learn more about our work, schedule a tour of our facilities, or even share a few words of encouragement for the families we serve, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.