Every 2 minutes a child becomes homeless in America. 19% of the children in America live in poverty and 1.3 million children are homeless. There is help and support systems for these children and their parents. Since 1989, hundreds of homeless families have entered Families Moving Forward during a time of personal crisis. FMF offers a safe, stable atmosphere where families rebuild their lives working towards permanent housing and employment. We can end homelessness, 1 family at a time.
Among industrialized nations, the United States has the largest number of homeless women and children. Homeless families comprise roughly 34% of the homeless population with approximately 1.3 million children experiencing homelessness this year. Recently, in the North Carolina there was a 50% increase in the number of homeless families. 92% of homeless mothers have experienced physical or sexual abuse and 84% of homeless families are female headed. Homeless kids go hungry at twice the rate.
Families Moving Forward provides a safe place for families to live and rebuild their lives. Our ultimate objective is to end the cycle of homelessness for each family by building their overall capacity to create a stable, healthy household. Genesis Home case managers work closely with each family to achieve the following goals; Increase the family's earning potential; Help parents develop life skills; Promote physical, emotional, and spiritual health; Encourage appropriate relationships.
Families Moving Forward (FMF) was created in 2016 after the successful merger of Genesis Home and Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network. The merger was a natural development after 20 years of collaborative work to end family homelessness in Durham. The combining of these two strong Durham nonprofits and the expansion of the former Genesis Home residential services building has increased the capacity to serve more families experiencing homelessness. FMF now serves up to 100 families annually.