Preventing families from becoming homeless in the first place with Shelter Diversion and Rental Assistance programs.

With more than 40% of Americans a $400 expense away from financial distress, the threat of crisis looms closely for too many families. Preventing families from spiraling into homelessness is an essential part of the Family Promise mission.


What is diversion?  Diversion is helping families at the front door of shelter find/maintain other non-shelter accommodations until permanent housing can be secured quickly.  The program doesn't divert a family from homelessness, as the family is already experiencing it, most often doubled-up in the home of family or friends.  It does divert a family from shelter to try to avoid that trauma and yet another move/relocation.  If the family can negotiate (with our help) to stay where they are for up to 30 days, our goal is to help them secure permanent housing, or a path to it, without any need to bring their children to a shelter stay.

What services does the Diversion Program provide? 

  • Mediation services with family/friends and/or their landlord to extend permission to stay for up to 30 days;

  • Agency referrals to secure other services, including health evaluation and treatment (physical/mental), job search, housing search, etc.;

  • Advocacy with landlords to fight through barriers to housing; and

  • Temporary financial assistance to secure permanent housing when needed


​HUMI allows us to further prevent and end family homelessness by paying past-due rent, rent deposits, and first month’s rent.  Eligible recipients must have at least one child in their household age 0-17 AND be behind on their rent OR be experiencing homelessness (living in a shelter, motel, or with friends/family but not on the lease).  Program participants must prove they have some form of income to support future rent.  Families receiving financial assistance will be enrolled in case management through Family Promise of Davie County.  


If a family living paycheck to paycheck suffers a major illness, car accident, or job loss, it can immediately destabilize their housing and security. Without one-time financial help, 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 the cost of rehousing them. In addition to the financial cost, the destabilization caused by losing a home can be traumatic for both children and adults. Losing their home can have a negative impact on children’s educational outcomes and mental health.

Once a family becomes homeless, rehousing them becomes more difficult. If a family receives an eviction for not paying their rent, it will be on their record, making future landlords less likely to rent to them. They may end up owing large sums of money for legal and lease-breaking fees. Not having a home can also make keeping a stable job and income 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.

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