About EPH

Ecumenical Partnership for Housing (EPH) began as a partnership of four Green Bay area churches and The Salvation Army, all seeking an ecumenical response to homelessness in our community.  Our partnership has grown to include 21 Green Bay area churches, with the capacity to serve up to 33 families at any given point in time.  In 2017, our partnership served 47 families, consisting of 39 transitional housing families and 8 long-term supportive housing families.

Our mission is providing safety, stability, and solutions leading to self-sufficiency for at risk and homeless families in our community.

EPH has three strategic areas of focus.

  • The first is Transitional Housing, in partnership with The Salvation Army. Families stay an average of nine months, at no charge, while they work toward self-sufficiency with the guidance of their case manager.
  • The second is Long-term Supportive Housing.  Families who are ready to leave shelter or transitional housing often have a difficult time finding safe and affordable housing.  Barriers to safe and affordable housing include earning less than an affordable living wage, landlords screening to exclude families based on credit history and not accepting housing choice vouchers, and increasing rents in conjunction with a limited supply.  Within EPH, a family’s rent starts commensurate with their income, with rent increasing as income increases.  Case management includes coaching to improve employment and/or employability.
  • The third is Prevention, a new initiative approved by the Board of Directors in January, 2018. We believe now is the time to “move upstream in the process” and work with local landlords to prevent family homelessness. We will leverage our experience with transitional and long-term supportive housing programs to achieve a reduction in homelessness through prevention.

Case management is an integral component of all three areas of focus, as is our partnerships with The Salvation Army, Golden House, and Freedom House Ministries.

Give them roots and create wings!