Springfield Partners for Community Action established the Home Furnishings Program to help homeless families make the transition into permanent housing.
NOTE: THE HOME FURNISHINGS PROGRAM WAS CLOSED AFTER FY ’04 DUE TO INSUFFICIENT FUNDING. THE VIRTUAL CAP POSTING IS BEING CONTINUED TO HELP OTHER AGENCIES INTERESTED IN PROVIDING SIMILAR SERVICES.
Springfield Partners for Community Action sponsors the Home Furnishings Program to assist homeless families in their efforts to establish permanent housing. The program offers free home furnishings to families and individuals who are moving into a new apartment from a homeless shelter or treatment facility. Guidelines have been established concerning eligibility, application procedures, and provisions to obtain items.
Furniture is donated from the public, from furniture stores, and from colleges and universities (including at the end of the school year when students are returning home and have items they no longer need). A Give The Gift of Home flyer is used to promote donations. Customers purchasing new furniture are alerted to the Home Furnishings Program at their point of purchase for a potential donation of the furniture they are replacing. A Donation Refusal Form is used in the event that an item needs to be repaired or cleaned and is deemed unacceptable for the program.
Springfield Partners arranges for items to be picked up through a contract with a driver who has a truck. This service is provided at about half the cost that a moving company would charge. It is also the most cost-effective way to get furniture to the agency, since there are no associated costs such as insurance and liabilities. A Letter is mailed to families, along with a copy of Participant Responsibilities and a Pick Up Schedule. Families must make their own arrangements to pick up items from Springfield Partners.
Warehouse space is used to store donated items. Referrals are made to the Home Furnishings Program through the network of social service/shelter providers. A needs assessment is completed for each client to determine furniture needs and then the client chooses items based on availability. There is a limit of four beds and one bureau per client.
The annual budget is $50,000 through a combination of CSBG and CDBG funding.
There were 131 households served in FY ’04. This included (a) 110 families with 240 children under the age of 10, and (b) 21 individuals. Donors provided $76,412.50 worth of goods.
Paul Bailey, Executive Director