Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)

Foundation for the Homeless’ Interfaith Hospitality Network shelter program(IHN)

FFH’s IHN is a shelter program based on a national model (Family Promise) that provides transitional shelter for children and their families experiencing homelessness. Host churches, synagogues and support congregations work in collaboration to provide year round shelter, meals, and a loving presence while FFH staff provide transportation, case management, referrals and other supportive services to families as they work toward achieving goals of permanent housing and self-sufficiency. In 2012, 93% of the families in our IHN program exited into safe, stable housing. 45% of these families improved their income while in the IHN program.

Features of IHN:

  • Clean warm beds provided for eight-ten families in a loving environment
  • Shelter provided by 28 Austin area host churches and synagogues and 19 support congregations
  • Families rotate to a different facility each week
  • Hot meals twice a day and sack lunches when needed
  • Laundry and shower facilities
  • Transportation provided to work, school, child care
  • Personal toiletry items such as shampoo, diapers, etc…
  • Caring volunteers provide hot meals and encouraging support
  • Assistance with job searches and training if necessary
  • Shelter services are available to homeless families for up to 90 days
  • Access to the Passages program

Day Resource Center

Foundation for the Homeless also provides a Day Resource Center where families are able to access resources and work with their case manager on goals toward self-sufficiency. The Center gives clients access to computers with Internet capabilities, fax machine, copier, and other amenities to help them achieve their goals. Other support services, such as Life Skills classes for adults and children’s activities are also offered at the Day Resource Center.

If your organization would like to participate in the Interfaith Hospitality Network, please contact us.

IHN Host Congregations

IHN Support Congregations


Visit the website of the National Family Promises office.