The Housing Stabilization Program (HSP) is a homeless prevention program that helps families who have fallen behind on their rent or mortgage due to a temporary crisis. The program provides short-term rent, mortgage, and utility assistance to ensure that families remain stably housed until they are back on their feet. The program offers comprehensive case management and support services to prepare families for long-term housing stability.
HSP is an extension of the assistance program that inspired the founding of Adopt-A-Family in 1983. HSP prevents an episode of homelessness for 200 families per year in Palm Beach County and is the county’s largest non-governmental homeless prevention program.
HSP was Adopt-A-Family’s primary response to the COVID-19 crisis, offering emergency financial relief and eviction prevention services to families devastated by the economic impact of the pandemic. Adopt-A-Family expanded the capacity of the program to meet the growing need in the community.
In the July 2019-June 2020 funding year, HSP served 232 new households. According to the 6-month follow-ups with those families, 95% remained stably housed for 6 months as evidenced by not entering the homeless system or being evicted from their unit.
Housing Stabilization Program eligibility guidelines are as follows. To qualify, families must:
- Live in Palm Beach County
- Have minor children who reside with them
- Be able to document the unexpected financial crisis
- Have a five-day notice or other proof of imminent eviction
- Have enough income to self-sustain once the crisis is rectified.
To find out more, or if you are in need of services, please call (561) 253-1361.