What We Do
Hope through Housing Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty by advocating for policies and implementing programs that empower individuals and change communities. Working in more than 80 affordable housing communities and regions throughout California, Arkansas, Florida, and Texas, we offer services, expertise, and coordination to inspire Hope, present Opportunity, generate Prosperity, and catalyze Empowerment for individuals of all generations.
Believing that both people and place matter in achieving community-wide well-being, Hope Through Housing concentrates direct services, partnerships, and other resources right in the neighborhoods that need them most. At the individual level, our goal is to see all people thrive—whether that means helping children do well in school, families improve their financial situation, or seniors age with dignity in their own homes. In turn, Hope helps to transform entire neighborhoods as individual success leads to community success, influencing communities’ quality of life and creating real change in neighborhoods plagued with poverty, crime, blight, and isolation.
Preparing At-Risk Youth for Future Self-Sufficiency
Improving Educational and Social Outcomes for Disadvantaged Children and Teens
Children in neighborhoods served by Hope through Housing are at-risk for a host of negative outcomes based on factors such as poverty, low parent education levels, and single-parent households. Research demonstrates that these risk factors increase the likelihood of negative consequences ranging from delayed early childhood development to school failure in higher grades. 83% of our children qualify for free/reduced price meals and 60% are from families headed by single mothers.
Hope through Housing provides 25 onsite after-school programs within National CORE communities, providing a safe, nurturing after-school environment, when youth are most likely to get into trouble. Each program runs for at least three hours on weekdays, with a minimum of one hour of homework assistance for four days – resulting in more than 98,000 hours of homework assistance annually! We also ensure youth receive a healthy snack and participate in activities that promote academic enrichment, improve physical fitness, support violence prevention and character building, and offer exposure to college and career information.
Hope through Housing offers seven onsite preschools within National CORE communities. Each of our state licensed preschools is designed to help children develop confidence, nurture creativity, and establish lifelong critical thinking skills. According to the National Institute for Early Education at Rutgers University (NIEER) and the Center for Public Education, children enrolled in quality preschool show vocabulary and math gains 30 to 40 percent higher than children not enrolled in preschool.
Creating Economic Mobility for Families
Improving the Financial and Social Well-Being of Our Families
Most families served by Hope through Housing earn between 30 and 80 percent of the area median income, qualifying as extremely low- to low-income. Most have relatively little education and minimal job skills, and many who are employed are part-time hourly workers whose income fluctuates. This tenuous existence puts households at risk of financial crisis and prevents households from saving for future goals, such as children’s college, or building assets in the long-term, such as purchasing a home and supporting post-working years.
We are dedicated to guiding families through the process of assessing their current status, setting financial goals, and creating and taking viable steps toward greater economic stability. Our programs include: access to benefits, basic financial planning, money management, online banking, budgeting, asset building, and home ownership.
Hope’s goal is to enhance our residents’ economic stability and prosperity by enabling them to earn a living wage. Hope through Housing provides assistance with resume building, job placement and vocational training. Ultimately, our objective is to move families from poverty to economic self-sufficiency.
Building Senior Health and Wellness
Empowering Seniors to Age in Place with Dignity
Hope through Housing is dedicated to supporting our senior residents in maintaining independence as they get older. Many of our older residents have chronic conditions that reduce their quality of life, limit their ability to perform daily activities, and restrict daily activities. It is our belief that self-sufficiency can be sustained when basic needs are met, physical and mental health is maintained, and individuals are connected to their community. Hope through Housing provides direct assistance to more than
1,810 seniors each month.
Hope through Housing provides connections to nutritional food sufficiency programs, rental assistance and support, entitlement and benefit program assistance, Section 8 and other housing assistance, transportation, financial literacy and money management, utility assistance, disaster preparedness, and safety education.
Physical and Mental Health
Onsite staff monitor and assist with health management linking seniors to vital health resources and provide fitness and community engagement activities to promote health and well-being.
To provide social and emotional support, Hope through Housing nurtures social and civic engagement
and connection with others through computer classes, networking groups, and other recreational
activities and opportunities of interest.