Housing and Services
From Housing Hope’s earliest days, Housing Hope rejected
“band-aid” approaches to local affordable housing and
homelessness problems. Instead, the agency has been a
pioneer in creating real solutions for the low income families
that come to us for help. Buoyed by a vision of a community
where everyone has a safe, decent and affordable home, our founders committed to the concept of a Service Enriched Housing Continuum that supports families on their journeys to real independence. By helping vulnerable families address the social and personal issues that may have contributed to their housing issues, cycles of poverty and hopelessness end.
Housing Hope’s programs offer a full range of housing types—emergency shelter, transitional housing and affordable rental apartments, as well as homeownership opportunities for low-income households. The Continuum is an effective and efficient method of helping families break the cycle of poverty. It recognizes that a family must have the basic need for safe shelter met before they can deal with other significant challenges. Conversely, providing only housing to people is not enough to significantly improve their chances for becoming successful members of the community. Only the combination of housing and supportive services gives these families the opportunity to become self-sufficient by building skills and resources for a better future.
Housing Hope’s emphasis is on helping parents build the personal and family assets they need to fulfill their own needs. Housing Hope’s dedicated case managers work one-on-one with each family to help them chart a course for success, and continue to support them for up to two years in our transitional housing. We also provide educational and employment counseling, high-quality childcare and a comprehensive program of adult education classes in our College of Hope.
Family Support Services
Once families have stable housing, they can focus on making changes in their lives to benefit their households. Housing Hope employes several full time Case Managers to provide intensive family support services, tailored to each individual family's needs. Many of our families have experienced a lifetime of poverty and neglect or long-time abuse. Coping with these negative experiences has often meant learning counterproductive skills just to survive. Our Case Managers help them with the challenging job of shedding behaviors that aren't working and learning the skills they will need to succeed. They do this through weekly meetings and help parents set long-term and short-term goals, family budgeting, employment, parental support, educational needs and helping access resources provided in the community.
Housing Hope empowers families with hope, support and skills.
Monroe Mayor, Geoffrey Thomas