Every individual aspiring to self-sufficiency should have access to a safe, secure, affordable home.
Housing Hope shall promote and provide affordable housing and tailored services to reduce homelessness and poverty for residents of Snohomish County and Camano Island.
In a nutshell...
Housing Hope, founded in 1987, recognizes that safe, secure and affordable housing is only the first step in solving poverty for struggling families. The innovative concept to provide a full range of housing with housing-related support services is a hallmark of the Housing Hope mission. Housing Hope combines affordable housing with tailored services such as life-skills training, childcare, case management, and employment services. Housing Hope also offers homeownership opportunities for low-income individuals of Snohomish County and Camano Island.
Housing Hope is unique
Housing Hope offers a full range of affordable housing options throughout Snohomish County. Housing types include emergency shelter, transitional housing, affordable rent units and homeownership opportunities. Housing Hope focuses its activities on Snohomish County and Camano Island, collaborating and cooperating with local communities to make sure programs address the needs of local residents with the lowest incomes and the greatest need.
Since 1987, sixty-eight housing developments have been completed. Housing Hope currently manages 479 units in 22 housing developments and has helped 301 families build and own their own homes through our sweat equity program. Our programs are successful. As one example, more than 90% of the families who "graduate" from the transitional housing program go on to obtain long-term stable housing.
Housing Hope empowers families. Housing Hope offers safe, secure, decent and affordable places to stay. The housing is enriched with services - intensive case management, education, employment preparation and life skills training through our College of Hope program - along with expectations to ensure that residents will become and remain self-sufficient when they move on. By helping vulnerable families build personal assets and address the social and personal issues that may have contributed to their housing issues, cycles of poverty and hopelessness end.
Children are a priority at Housing Hope. Child development programs for children—Tomorrow's Hope Child Development Center, special needs assessment, a school liaison program, and individualized attention by a child specialist - ensure that children of resident families have a far better chance in school and in life.
Housing Hope accomplishes its goals.
Housing Hope uses funds wisely. Housing Hope strives to keep overhead very low so that as much funding as possible goes to direct services. Housing Hope also builds projects where there is an economy of scale. An optimum number of units at one location allows facilities and programs to operate cost effectively. Capital replacement reserves, site based operating reserves, agency operating reserves and predevelopment funds are critical to the ability of Housing Hope to sustain its current programs and continue developing new housing and related services.
Housing Hope leverages community resources. Housing Hope operations depend on community-based donations, which help Housing hope secure additional funding from governmental, corporate and philanthropic sources.
Housing Hope partners with other agencies. Housing Hope avoids service duplication while meeting the needs of struggling families. Partnering with others allows donated community dollars to be used efficiently and appropriately.
Community support matters. Hundreds of volunteers annually support agency activities - in roles ranging from governance to property clean-up and rocking babies. Housing Hope puts on local events each year, including Stone Soup, the agency's major fundraiser, to support operations through sponsorships and individual gifts.
Videos. Click the images below to learn more about our programs from past and present participants.
Michael & Jessica share their story of traveling the path from poverty to prosperity.
Learn about the diverse programs that Housing Hope offers.
Three success stories of families from 1999, 2002 and 2008.