In 1988, families from the Cambridge area joined together to discuss the stereotypes, complex causes, and societal impact of homelessness. The founders of FTFP learned that often families find themselves at-risk of losing their housing or even homeless because one disastrous event starts a chain reaction of hardships. These families often have nowhere to turn for assistance as they do not meet the eligibility for state and federal sources of housing assistance.
This group of caring neighbors has grown to include over 1,000 families, individuals, and organizations that donate each year to help families remain in their homes. Support from FTFP’s loyal donor base, combined with foundation and corporate grants, has sustained the organization since its founding and allowed it to maintain the flexible funding program for over 27 years.