Mission: Children are Hope and a Home's priority. We believe the best way to nurture each child's potential is to foster healthy, loving families. We train parents to be the primary educators of their children and to advocate for excellent educational resources for their children. Affordable housing is the primary means by which we reach families in order to enhance the lives of children. We have four goals: 1. Quality affordable housing for all, 2. Excellent education and schools for each student, 3. Rewarding employment for teens and adults that builds stability and financial independence, and 4. Family and neighborhood connectedness.
Programs: Hope and a Home's Transitional Housing Program rents 18 apartments for up to 3 years to homeless and low-income families at or below 30% of area median income, and mentors parents and children in their journey from homelessness to permanent housing, from educational failure to success in school, and from instability to strong and nurturing family life. Using our one-on-one coaching and peer support activities, Hope and a Home parents and children build on their aspirations and strengths to achieve lasting changes in thier lives. Our comprehensive support services fo families and children include: weekly support meetings and quarterly goal-setting meetings with parents and annual progress evaluations with every family; coaching to parents to become responsible tenants and assistance in moving to permanent housing; a program to save $25 per month during their first two years in our housing and $50 per month during their final year in the program; financial literacy training for families using Hope and a Home's Our Dreams and Our Money: Setting Goals About Money workbook; peer group support through parent meetings and monthly family workshops. Our Stay and Thrive Program organizes the neighborhood of 14th and R Streets in Washington, DC and 350 residents living in 164 Section 8 apartments in support of the tenants desire to stay in their homes as changes come to their neighborhood and to thrive in an increasingly diverse and vibrant community. Our activities include: assisting residents in organizing a tenants association and supporting their efforts to negotiate with the recent purchaser of their properties; operating an after-school program for 15 children in this housing; providing job training and summer job placement for 18 neighborhood teens; offering a weeklong summer day camp for 24 children. Our Work and Thrive Project provides job training workshops and matches neighborhood teenagers with local businesses for rewarding summer jobs. We offer local teenagers comprehensive job training including: preparing a resume; interviewing with prospective employers; and customer service skills. Our Higher Education for All initiative supports our goal for all Hope and a Home children to graduate from high school and to complete college or vocational school. Our activities include: training parents to serve as educators and advocates for their children; working with parents and schools to ensure that children receive the educational resources to which they are legally entitled; helping children gain admission to private and charter schools; recruiting and training volunteer mentors to support children academically and socially; supporting parents in achieving their own educational goals.