Families Forward

Families Forward is a housing assistance program to assist working families transition from homelessness to independent living. Families are supported for one year to achieve sustainability.

Who is eligible?

Families must be residents of the Jefferson City public school district, must be homeless (in a shelter, under threat of imminent eviction, or doubled up), must have at least one child in the home under 18 years of age, and must have a baseline form of income that they have sustained for a few months.

How does it work?

Clients choose their own apartment, and Common Ground pays for 12 months of rent on a graduated basis until families have full responsibility at the end of the year. Families receive one-on-one support during the year to focus on budgeting and family goals. Currently, Common Ground accepts several families into the program each year.