The typical disaster response is crisis driven with short-term solutions. Generally, the organizations that respond are the government, non-profits like Red Cross, and insurance companies. Each has their inherent limitations, which is why Our Front Porch is an L3C: a for-profit business with a social mission. This allows us to put the rental income we generate toward the individualized, specific needs of our clients without having to be bound by what a grant dictates. This hybrid solution does not yet exist.
The impacts of experiencing a disaster are social, financial and emotional. Research has proven that community and social engagement decreases anxiety and provides support and understanding among the entire group. By providing ongoing and regular therapy from the beginning, mental health and substance abuse disorders are reduced. By having a place to live at Our Front Porch, additional and unnecessary out-of-pocket expenses can be avoided. By paying slightly less then market rate rent, our clients are able to focus on stabilizing their income and rebuilding their savings accounts without the added stress of trying to meet the demands of a high rental market. We are there to ensure that these families are not rushed into making poor housing choices during a time of desperation.
All it takes is one disaster to financially and emotionally destroy a family, and it doesn’t have to be that way. Our Front Porch is here to help our clients maintain their basic needs in a time of crisis, while providing them the necessary time and space to figure out their next steps and long term, sustainable solutions.