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Stabilization

Our goal is not simply getting families into housing; it is keeping them in housing.

Transitional Housing

Families Forward is a Transitional Housing Program created for families that have graduated from emergency shelter. We believe that by providing transitional housing, coupled with a case management plan, families will be equipped to successfully navigate Bozeman's unique housing environment. Currently, we operate 10 different housing units. 

Families can stay in transitional housing for up to two years. This length of time provides consistency and stability for children, gives families time to create and implement a savings plan, and builds a positive rental history. Families will continually be working towards finding permanent housing their participation in the program. 

CASE MANAGEMENT

The cornerstone of our transitional housing program is comprehensive and continued case management. Each family's plan will vary, but general themes are consistent: financial budgeting and savings, employment and career goals, transportation freedoms, parenting skills, responsible homecare and maintenance, and the like.

  • Goal setting

  • Budgeting

  • Resume writing

  • Credit score improvements

  • Navigating the trauma of being homeless

  • Interpreting

  • Tenancy education

  • Building Support Systems

Case Managers may help provide assistance with the following: 

  • Identification

  • Employment

  • Access to medical and dental care

  • Childcare

  • Individual Education Plans

  • School placement

  • Transportation

  • Sustainable housing

  • Interpretation services

  • Better credit scores

Financial Security

Rent for families in our Transitional Housing Program starts off below market rate ($500) and every six months is increased by $150. Families build this increase in rate into their budget. The goal is that each family pays near the market rate for rent by the time they are ready to leave our transitional housing program. This strategy ensures that families are more successful at securing affordable housing when they graduate from Family Promise.

 

To help with cost of a future security deposit, first and last months rent, or moving costs, Family Promise returns to the family any monies paid for rent that are over the costs of operating the apartment or housing. As long as families work continuously with our case managers and appropriately maintain their transitional housing home.  

Education

Family Promise recognizes the value of education. Our case management programs strive to facilitate self improvement. We provide participants in our program with classes such as financial literacy, parenting, and conflict resolution which are coupled with a family's case management plan. Children are empowered to work hard in school and grow in the understanding of the world around them. Additionally, we encourage parents to complete their education and pursue training and degrees that will advance their professional development. 

MOVING MOUNTAINS

Moving Mountains is our Graduated Support Program designed to work with families who have participated and graduated from our shelter program. We remain focused on helping families engage in the local community and continue their successes and achievements. 

Wheels to Work Program

Lack of adequate transportation is a challenge many Family Promise guests face in Gallatin County. Without a car or other dependable means of getting to and from work, many cannot either secure or keep a job in our Valley. Wheels to Work supplies vehicles to qualified families in need of transportation and supports our efforts to ensure that families can enjoy full participation in the community with reliable transportation.

For guests without their own transportation, Family Promise provides transportation services for families to make necessary appointments, work schedules, etc. To sustain this, Family Promise owns and operates a mini-van to shuttle guests throughout the day. We work diligently with these families to get them into their own car and ensure they can afford future costs associated with owning a vehicle.

Family Promise accepts vehicles in good condition with the intent that the donated vehicle will be given to a family in need. Family promise will provide each donor with a 1098C form for tax purposes. Please review our vehicle acceptance guidelines below, and click the button to fill out the Family Promise Vehicle Donation Form.