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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Leadership Development, Youth Development

Mission: Hope community creates connections that strengthen the power of community members and communities. We cultivate community leaders, build community capacity, care for the housing and community spaces we develop, and pursue equity and diversity in all that we do.

Programs: Community engagement hope community works with diverse adults and youth to build leadership and multi-cultural networks in a community known for isolation. At the core: hopes year-round work with over 500 community residents annually creates opportunity and long-term sustainability (not limited to residents in our housing). In addition, another 1,000 participate in special opportunities, workshops and events. We always focus on skill building, leadership development, and opportunities to build individual capacity, community capacity and community change. Our work is not about hope doing for people; it is about supporting people to do for themselves. Core program areas include art, policy, and power; community health and resilience, and youth and family engagement.

housing and asset management hope currently manages 263 affordable rental units that provide housing for more than 700 residents. Stable, healthy and affordable housing in a supportive community environment is an effective way for individuals and families to meet the challenges of poverty and isolation in an urban environment. Hope's relationships with residents are rooted in respect and mutual accountability. As a property owner committed to its buildings for the long-term, hope is responsible for the traditional duties of a real estate asset manager financial oversight, selection of property manager, compliance with regulatory agreements, capital improvement planning, etc. However, hope's approach to asset management involves a much broader understanding of how to maintain its real estate as a long-term asset. Key to that understanding is relationship maintaining relationships with residents, funders, government partners, neighbors, community members, and many others.

real estate development hope's work over the last 20+ years has featured an innovative, entrepreneurial approach to community development. Hope has developed a critical mass of housing, indoor and outdoor community space (including hope's offices and community center), and space for two neighborhood businesses that are changing the face of a formerly devastated neighborhood. In total, hope has developed 267 units of housing (70% affordable, 30% market rate), 25,000 square feet of retail, office and community space, and 7,500 square feet of urban agriculture space in the blocks around franklin and portland. In the fall of 2017, in partnership with aeon, hope finished the second full year of operations at the rose, a 90-unit mixed-income housing development, that completed the south quarter on all four corners of the portland and franklin intersection. Hope and aeon co-own all buildings in the south quarter development: hope owns another 50 units of rental housing in the immediate area.

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