CHESAPEAKE -- Due to budget pressures, Our House Families will close operations and transfer its assets to ForKids on July 1, according to a press release from the agencies.
ForKids, Inc. is a non-profit agency that provides housing, education and support services for families experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness.
They currently serves approximately 175 families on any given day with 350 children throughout South Hampton Roads and ForKids will now be able to serve up to 41 families in Chesapeake.
ForKids will be providing emergency shelter through a combination of its regional shelter in Norfolk, hotel vouchers and referrals. No service capacity will be lost.
Our House Board President, Sherrie Newsome said she 'is pleased to see the work of Our House continue without pause especially with an agency like ForKids that is at the forefront of delivering innovative approaches to combat family homelessness.'
ForKids will transform services to homeless families in Chesapeake to include job coaching, mental health counseling and Hot Meals and Homework tutoring for school aged children.
As of July 1, ForKids will have a daily capacity to serve up to 41 families in Chesapeake in emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, transitional housing, and supportive housing programs. Additionally, ForKids will provide services to Veteran Families through a regional grant from the Veteran's Administration.
ForKids CEO Thaler McCormick stated that 'we are excited to expand our services in Chesapeake to include education, counseling and job coaching as they are essential to making a lasting change.'
The ForKids Regional Housing CrisisHotline received 2,314 calls from Chesapeake in the last 12 months from 988 households requesting assistance and the Chesapeake City Schools identified 181 students experiencing homelessness in the 2011/2012 school year.