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Families Moving Forward works in collaboration with partner agencies toward shared goals in our community. In 2015, we formed the Durham Collaborative to End Family Homelessness to streamline our approach, stretch our community assets farther, and to soften the experience for families in the crisis of homelessness.



In addition to Families Moving Forward, the Collaborative’s membership includes Urban Ministries of Durham, Housing for New Hope and Durham’s Partnership for Children. As a collaborative, we take great pride in delivering excellence to the 100+ families who need us, and in setting the example for other agencies to follow and to reap the myriad benefits of working together.



Families Moving Forward is proud to be working with its fellow members in The Collaborative, each harnessing their unique expertise to deliver best-in-class services around a new comprehensive and efficient system designed to help the families we serve. Our Collaborative goals include:

  • Reduce wait time for homeless families and prioritize space for the most vulnerable  
  • Shorten the average length of temporary shelter stay to under 90 days
  • Place at least 75% of families served into permanent housing, and
  • Expand programs to retain housing through enhanced aftercare, with a new focus on children

Before the Collaborative :
Confusion and Duplication

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After the Collaborative:
Coordinated Intake Process, Timely Assessments, Better use of Resources




Collaborative Members are making our shared objectives reality. Here’s how:

Urban Ministries of Durham
Operates a Diversion Program so many families never even enter the shelter system, and 9 units of shelter for families for use when FMF is at capacity. 

Families Moving Forward
Provides temporary shelter to 21 families, along with intensive case management, adult and children’s programming, and other support services while they are in residence as well as for one year after their transition to permanent housing.

Housing for New Hope
Provides rehousing assistance in accessing local services to help families secure permanent housing

Durham’s Partnership for Children
Provides the pathway to child and family services for children aged 0-5 while families are sheltered and in aftercare.

Existing partnerships with the Durham County Department of Social Services and Durham Housing Authority have been enhanced to expedite the screening of applicants and facilitate permanent housing placements. We’ve also established numerous other partnerships with groups who help our guests with challenges ranging from literacy to mental health. 



The Collaborative is taking seriously the need to secure funding, and we are working together to execute the strategy we developed as a team. Support from federal, state, county, and city government for our collaborative efforts totaled approximately $790,000 in 2015, but the likelihood of maintaining these levels in the current funding environment is slim – and exacerbated by our loss of HUD continuum of care funding as of July 1, 2016.  

We’re pleased to report that private financial partners like the Triangle Community Foundation, the United Way of the Greater Triangle and the Stewards Fund have recognized the value of investing in both FMF and The Collaborative. And we received the top score in the Triangle for our 2016 collaborative application to the United Way.