Broke(n) Promise: Family homeless shelter closes its doors

Family Promise of N.Ky. out of money

NEWPORT, Ky. – The Strait family believes that family is everything and that sticking together is the key to survival—especially when you’re homeless.

“That’s the time families need to be together not torn apart,” Denise Strait said, sitting in her living room amidst the numerous framed family photos, once boxed and collecting dust in storage, are nailed to the wall of their two-bedroom apartment in Elsmere.


The Strait family is one of hundreds, who over the past two decades, have turned to family-friendly homeless shelter, Family Promise of Northern Kentucky.

But on July 1, Family Promise will close its doors, pushing families like the Straits back to the streets or into other shelters, but separated.

“It is purely the inability to sustain a consistent level of financial support necessary to continue operations,” Jeff Poland, Family Promise’s executive director said.

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