Preventing families from becoming homeless in the first place with our emergency Rental Assistance program.
Rental Assistance Prevents Family Homelessness
If a family living paycheck-to-paycheck suffers from a major illness, car accident, unexpected expense, or job loss, it can immediately destabilize their housing and security. Without immediate financial assistance, they will be unable to pay their rent, ultimately resulting in an eviction and the forced loss of their home.
The cost of a single intervention to keep a family in their home is significantly less than rehousing them.
In addition to the cost alone, housing destabilization can be traumatic on both children and adults. Losing their home can negatively impact children’s educational outcomes and mental health.
Once a family becomes homeless, rehousing them also becomes more difficult. If a family receives an eviction for not paying their rent, it will be on their record and make future landlords less likely to rent to them. They may end up owing large sums of money for legal and lease-breaking fees. Additionally, not having a home makes keeping a stable job much more difficult.
By stepping in and preventing the loss of a home, we can keep families safe and ensure that kids continue to wake up in their own beds. For these reasons, Family Promise of Tualatin Valley dedicates funds to emergency rent assistance, working with individual families to prevent them from losing their housing in the first place.