What is the Good Neighbor Mission?
The mission is a homeless shelter program that has grown and evolved since 1983 that promotes independence, self-sufficiency and long-term permanent solutions to housing for the working poor of Sumner County.
To accomplish this mission, the Good Neighbor Mission operates a housing program which shelters working poor families with children until they are able to obtain decent, affordable housing of their own. The program focuses on education and working with families to change behaviors patterns that lead to housing crisis.
The Mission relies heavily on partnerships with churches, business, civic organizations and individuals to successfully address the problems of the working poor.
What Does the Mission Do?
The Mission provides shelter to clients while the families focus on stabilizing their lives, saving money and working on achieving job, housing and educational goals.
What is the Problem?
The number of working poor in Sumner County is higher than you might think...
8.7% of people in Sumner County live below the poverty level, and 11.7% of Sumner County's children live below the poverty level.*
Fair Market rent in Sumner County for a two-bedroom apartment is about $807, and rent for a three-bedroom apartment equals about $1047.
To afford a one-bedroom apartment, one must earn $13.50 per hour or 186% of the Federal Minimum Wage.
To afford a two-bedroom apartment, an individual needs to earn $15.52 an hour or 214% of the minimum wage.**
* U.S. Census Bureau 2009 Census
** "Out of Reach" National Low Income House Coalition 2010
Who does the Mission Serve?
The Mission focuses on serving Sumner County families with children who have lost their housing. To be eligible for assistance, one adult family member must be working full-time if he/she is not disabled.
A Board of Directors governs the Good Neighbor Mission. The mission is always looking for people who are interested in Mission's work to serve on it's board. If you are interested in learning more about the role you can play as a member of the Good Neighbor Mission's Board of Directors, please contact Stephanie Meadows at (615) 452-7337.