Understanding the Issue

Many, many factors contribute to a family falling into the crisis of homelessness.  This page provides resources to begin to understand the complexity of the issue.


Start with the powerful Ted Talk below which was given by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and is called, "How Childhood Trauma Affects Health throughout a Lifetime". 

Stats about Homelessness

Family Promise of WNY combats these reasons by:

  • Keeping our shelter model small-scale with only 3 families at a time
  • Prioritizing a few key rules to minimize barriers to success
  • Allowing each family personal space to store their belongings
  • Allowing families to stay together through the crisis of homelessness

Family Promise of WNY combats these stats by. . .

  • Knowing each child in our program and creating an expectation that each child is at school every day
  • Offering our families a ride to school of a child misses the school bus
  • Providing study spaces in our Day Center for homework time
  • Serving our guests a hot, nutritious home-made meal 365 days/year
  • Making sure all our families have signed up with a primary care doctor within the first few weeks of being in our program

Family Promise of WNY combats this reality by. . .

Partnering with Woodforest Bank, who sends representatives to meet one-on-one with our guests to coach them on financial literacy and ensure they are on the road to financial health.