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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Family Services, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Low-Income & Subsidized Rental Housing

Mission: Create diverse, healthy communities through quality, service enriched, affordable housing.

Programs: Programs and services:our programs and services vision is to be an active, inclusive and safe home for hope communities residents. We create and offer residents quality enrichment opportunities unique to community needs and demographics. We strive for hope communities residents to be empowered, self-sustainable and supportive members of the greater community. Hope communities provides both direct services, as well as, coordinates with third-party service providers to assist hope communities residents and community members. Program and service areas:adult education - hope communities residents are diverse. However, there are significant challenges the adult community faces, including but not limited to: lack of high school diploma/ged; high unemployment; social isolation; low levels of english language proficiency; illiteracy; refugee or asylee status; constraints of poverty. Thus, it is vital to provide programs and services that encourage and engage adult learners to gain skills and improve upon their life skills. Youth education - hope communities expects youth to attend school and be responsible students. However, youth struggle with: lack of parent-school engagement; hybrid identities of refugee youth; cycle of poverty; poor performing schools; volatile family situations. As such, hope communities offers early childhood education and healthy parent/child relationship programs, as well as after-school enrichment, tutoring and mentoring. Health and wellness - on-site health fairs, health literacy, cooking classes and a walking club are offered to residents to improve health and wellness. Hope communities and program partners increase resident and community members access to and understanding of the american medical system, healthy eating and exercise. Community building - hope communities promotes and facilitates resident participation in resident councils; neighborhood development and community impact events; as well as a community garden. Case management - graduate students offer individual and family case management. The spring institute and project shine program also offer individual medical-specific assistance utilizing full-time staff and volunteers. Holiday treasure store - hope communities operates a donation based holiday treasure store at which parents are able to hand select holiday gifts for their children.

real estate development, creating additional affordable housingduring hope's thirty-five year history, it has developed several hundred units of housing for low-income families. Hope has purchased apartment buildings, renovated them, retaining some as rental apartments, and selling some as owner-occupied housing. Hope has also used both the 9% and 4% low income housing tax credit (lihtc) programs to develop new housing, including the point, $12m mixed-use, mixed-income tod project on denver's light rail line, and a major upgrade/rehab of hidden brook, a 130-unit apartment property in east denver. Hope has also purchased and renovated single-family houses from hud, renovating them and selling them to low-income families. Recently, hope constructed ten new single-family homes and sold them to low-income buyers. Hope continues to provide technical assistance to the homeowners on the ten adams street properties. Hope offers its assistance to this group, all of whom are first-time homeowners. Hope has advised on capital improvements, and budgets for replacement reserves to preserve and protect the value of the property. Hope purchased an empty, dilapidated multi-family building in denver's historic curtis park neighborhood near downtown, and renovated it into a spectacular combination headquarters office building for hope, and community center to serve the neighborhood, employing historic tax credits and new market tax credits. Hope continues to work closely with historic denver, inc. , the local group which monitors compliance with historic tax credits for this property. Historic denver performs an annual inspection of the property, and reports to hope. Hope then performs any necessary repair and maintenance work required to maintain compliance with the guidelines of the secretary of the interior for historic preservation.

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