Housing Families Inc (HFI) is a non-profit organization in Malden that is working to keep families housed as well as provide emergency shelters, tutoring and counseling for homeless children and parents, and help increase the number of low income housing opportunities. Their goal is to end family homelessness and expand opportunities to those in need.
The organization was created in 1986 based on concerns from the communities of the Greater Boston cities, such as Malden, Medford, Everett, Revere and many other cities. Since their first shelter in 1987, HFI has come a long way and has advanced in their ability to change the lives of many families.
HFI not only works towards helping families have housing opportunities, but also recognizes the importance of providing counseling and education for the children in these families. They offer an after-school tutoring and summer enrichment components.
Paul Collins, a former Malden High School student, is a volunteer in the Administrative building and also a Commonwealth Corps Member serving in the Children's Program building. Collins is currently involved with the tutoring program along with many other people who “put in many hours helping children get the education they deserve,” Collins stated. His personal goal is to, “make a positive impact for families while [he is] here.”
The organization is also involved in many events to promote awareness and raise funds towards ending family homelessness. In a recent event, Rodman Ride For Kids, a few of HFI’s members participated in the non-competitive cycling tour through South Shore communities. Rodman Ride For Kids raises funds for youth-based social service agencies that support kids who are at-risk.
Also, in May through June, HFI holds a backpack drive, where they collect school supplies for the children to pick out. The backpack drive helps ensure that the children are prepared for the school year.
In late autumn months, HFI has a Holiday Gift Drive where people can donate items so that families are able to enjoy their holidays. HFI also works with Birthday Wishes to make sure that every child has a happy birthday.
Housing Families encourages volunteers and donations from anyone. If you are interested in donation or volunteering you can find more information at Housing Families on 354 Cross St, Malden, MA.