The Partners in Housing (PPiH) program was created in 1988 by the Presentation Sisters to address unmet housing needs in the Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota areas. After a survey of the area, they found that families and individuals experiencing a crisis were either losing their housing or became at risk of losing it. While there were some emergency assistance programs available these households may not have been eligible, had already used it or the assistance program was out of funds. The first year PPiH assisted a handful of families.
Last year, PPiH saw 439 families and individuals
, of that number, 375 were financially assisted
with rent, security deposits, or utilities. These households included 672 children. Those who were not assisted financially were given appropriate referrals or alternate resources.
Families with children under 18 (or 18 if in high school) who live in the household full time
Individuals living alone who suffer a medical issue that temporarily stops his/her income (fractured leg, hospitalization, etc.)
PPiH also provides more than just a one-time emergency assistance. During the interview at the Presentation Center, if it becomes apparent that a familiy would require more than a one time assistance, a second meeting in their home is set up. Subsequent visits are driven by the client's goals and progress toward those goals. The director, Sharon Kleeman along with Sister Olivia Scully provide the home visits.
Sharon Kleeman and Sister Olivia Scully
As long as the Presentation Sisters are here, Partners in Housing will have a home.
Call PPiH for more information or if you are experiencing a crisis at 701-235-6861.
Partners in Housing Works a CashWise Brat Sale August 2012
Back: Dan Mahli; Laetitia Mezero
Front: Patty Craft; Denise Mullen; Tamara Spry; Sharon Kleeman
Statements from PPiH Recipients
"I just wanted to make sure that you knew how grateful my family is for the help you gave us. Thank you, thank you, and God Bless!"
"Thank you so very much for helping me pay my back rent that I was two months behind on. Thanks to you I am back on track and not homeless."
"Thank you for all you've done for me. This is a big weight off my shoulders. Everything I've been going thru (health-wise) is one thing. But with the financial help, I am getting from you and the Sisters it really means a lot to me. This will never be forgotten."
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