Changing Lives

WE HAVE PROVIDED SHELTER, MEALS, AND SUPPORT SERVICES TO MORE THAN 750,000 FAMILY MEMBERS.

Prevention

Prevention and Rehousing helps families avoid the trauma of homelessness by keeping them housed through providing small amounts of rental assistance. We can assist a family on the verge of homelessness with rental assistance or help with first month’s rent or deposit on a new lease. Assistance is one time. Follow up case management is also offered to support families as they maintain housing.

If you are in need of rental assistance, here are the guidelines:

  • Families should call 865-245-8255 to be considered for rental assistance.
  • Please leave your name, number, and a brief message.
  • There will be a brief screening via phone to determine eligibility.
  • If eligible we will schedule an appointment to complete application for our prevention and rehousing program.
  • Please bring the following items to your appointment:
  • ID of each adult in the household
  • Children birth certificate
  • Lease
  • Utility Bill
  • Proof of income (SSI/SSDI award letter, last 3 paystubs, Bank statement for last 2 months)
  • Any funds provided will be distributed directly to landlord/utility company.
  • we have a limited amount of funding, so we work on a first come, first served basis.

Diversion:

This program helps families experiencing homelessness identify quick housing options, with the goal of diverting families from the shelter system and into short term or permanent housing. Services may include family mediation, reunification/relocation, transportation assistance, and limited financial/rental assistance.

Diversion is a very short term intervention (the goal is 7 days), meant to quickly divert families from literal homelessness when our program is unable to provide shelter. This program is not meant to help families get rehoused, if they don’t have an immediate option for that.

If you are in need of diversion assistance, here are the guidelines:

  • Families should call 865-245-8255 to be considered for diversion services.
  • Please leave your name, number, and a brief message.
  • There will be a brief assistant via phone to determine plausible options.
  • If needed, we will schedule an appointment to discuss and begin work on the diversion method identified through the phone assessment complete application for our prevention and rehousing program.

Wheels To Work:

Purpose: Wheels to Work will improve housing stability for families in Roane County who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness by proving reliable low-cost vehicles. This information sheet outlines the requirements involved to be considered for placement of vehicle.

Requirements for applicants:

  1. 1. Roane County or surrounding area resident at risk of homelessness or already homeless.
  2. 2. Have at least one child in their custody.
  3. 3. Currently in case management by Family Promise of Roane County.
  4. 4. Must need a vehicle for traveling to work or searching for work.
  5. 5. Must be able to afford $50/month program fees.
  6. 6. Must be able to afford vehicle insurance and be insurable.
  7. 7. Must be able to complete required class; Financial planning and Auto Basics

Complete the application:

  1. 1. Attach copy of a Valid Drivers License
  2. 2. Provide proof of last 2 months of income.
  3. 3. Attend Financial planning and auto basics

Family Promise will Provide

  1. 1. A donated vehicle that has been inspected by a licensed mechanic and certified “road ready.”
  2. 2. Payment of tax, title, and tags.
  3. 3. One-year enrollment in AAA.

Requirements for applicants:

  1. 8. Roane County or surrounding area resident at risk of homelessness or already homeless.
  2. 9. Have at least one child in their custody.
  3. 10. Currently in case management by Family Promise of Roane County.
  4. 11. Must need a vehicle for traveling to work or searching for work.
  5. 12. Must be able to afford $50/month program fees.
  6. 13. Must be able to afford vehicle insurance and be insurable.
  7. 14. Must be able to complete required class; Financial planning and Auto Basics
After 12-month period beginning on the date the vehicle is place with the recipient, participant will receive clear title as long as recipient has successfully completed the program and met all requirements.