History & Philosophy
Where it all Began
In 1998, the Hope through Housing Foundation was established to empower residents of National Community Renaissance (National CORE), one of the largest nonprofit affordable housing developers in the country. By the mid-90s, National CORE had gained a reputation for providing high-quality apartment communities and turning around tough neighborhoods negatively affected by poverty, crime, isolation and neglect.
Wanting to do more to help the children, families and seniors who lived in its communities, the Hope through Housing Foundation was established as an independent nonprofit organization to develop and administer a broad range of charitable and educational programs for children, young adults, low-income and underprivileged families and the general public.
Over the past two decades, Hope through Housing has focused on developing outcomes-based programs and services that: (1) prepare children to be ready to learn and be successful socially and educationally; (2) equip adults to improve their economic situation; and (3) allow seniors to remain healthy and independent.
Today, a true collaborative partner with National CORE, Hope through Housing continues to evolve in order to best serve individuals. Hope through Housing has expanded beyond direct services, enhancing our mission to break the cycle of generational poverty by implementing programs and services that meet the needs of the children, families and seniors we serve.
“Our programs and team aim to help our residents feel proud and secure, so they can live a life empowered to pursue their dreams.”
~ JEFF BURUM, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Transforming Lives and Communities
Hope through Housing believes that affordable housing can be a platform for transformational change at the individual and neighborhood level. For households, securing affordable housing supports economic and social stability, which enables families to regain self-sufficiency and independence and can lead to greater prospects for mobility and improved quality of life. For the children in these households, this economic and social stability secures a safe haven for them in which they learn and grow and gives them a better chance of succeeding in school and beyond and of breaking the cycle of generational poverty.
At the neighborhood level, affordable housing sites can be hubs for community revitalization. Whether serving as centers for community activities or attracting new investment —both financial and social— to the area, affordable housing can be a catalyst for improving neighborhood appearance, reducing crime and delinquency, and nurturing community-wide well-being. And the two levels are interconnected: stronger individuals and families contribute to stronger communities, and affordable housing is a starting point for both.
But while access to affordable housing can be a launching pad for these aspirations, transformational change and an improved quality of life are by no means foregone conclusions.
This is where Hope through Housing plays a critical role.
We aim to deliver and coordinate community services for residents that are designed to help them stabilize their lives, pursue new economic and social opportunities, and achieve better quality of life not only through affordable housing but through social connections, services, and systems that help residents and communities thrive.
How You Can Help
At the Hope through Housing, we see the effects of poverty on our children, families and seniors every day. We are blessed and humbled to be a part of their lives and to be able to offer hope and opportunities to individuals who often are not given a chance for a better life.
Thanks to the intellectual and financial support of our partners, Hope through Housing has provided more the 2 million hours of support services to more than 25,000 residents living in National CORE communities! Targeting low-income children, families and seniors at 30-80% of the area median income, our programs include onsite preschools, after-school programming, financial literacy classes, senior health programs and case management.
Donate today! Your support allows Hope through Housing to help children and teens achieve success, create economic mobility for families, and help seniors to live happy, healthy independent lives.