We are proud to share this report which reflects the outcomes of our work in FY’16. We are very appreciative of the support received from collaborators, donors, and fellow advocates in the fight to advance our vision that every family has a home.
Hildebrand is an organization focused on permanent housing and stabilization, emergency shelter, and the provision of services that move families toward self-sufficiency. In FY’16, we placed 59 families into permanent housing and provided emergency shelter to 219 families. Despite the best efforts of our staff and providers across the state, families are the fastest growing segment of people who experience homelessness in Massachusetts. Their representation in shelter rose 8 percent in 2016, according to HUD’s point in time survey, and they make up more than half of the state’s homeless population. The lack of affordable housing is a significant contributor to the challenges of rehousing families and the increasing demand for shelter.
Hildebrand took steps to address these challenges a few years ago when we expanded shelter capacity, and created a special fund to help with the initial costs of securing permanent housing. Strathcona House, the fifth and largest residential program, completed its first year of operation in April 2017. It is a 24/7 residential program that supports 20 families living in a mix of co-shelter and one-family apartments. The HAND Up (Hildebrand Assisting in New Directions) fund, which launched last year, reduces barriers to securing housing—a lack of savings necessary to pay initial rents and security deposits. This fund also helps clear utility arrearage, pay moving costs, and other related expenses. HAND Up was directly responsible for the successful move out of 45 families this year. The Department of Housing and Community Development through its Strategic Rehousing Initiative was a major partner in this effort.
We help families rebuild their lives altered by the experience of homelessness. During their stay, families also participate in educational workshops that promote health and life skill development such as parenting; gain practical financial tools related to budgeting and the opportunity to start saving; and they work with case managers who provide structure and guidance on goal attainment and connection to other service providers.This year the Board of Directors initiated Jayden’s Summer Camp Fund, which contributed to 15 camperships in its first year. This was a needed and welcome resource, as parents were able to continue work, attend school or trainings, and participate more vigorously in housing search, assured that their children were in safe and enriching experiences.
Thank you for your support!
Shiela Y. Moore, Chief Executive Officer
Kelly S. Mann, Chairman of the Board