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HOPE Community is a 6-month transitional housing program for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. HOPE stands for Housing Opportunities and Personal Empowerment.
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Our purpose is to provide a safe and structured living environment where each resident is empowered. to recover from homelessness and become self-sufficient. We accomplish this goal by partnering with residents to pursue a recovery-based program, maintain a steady source of income, and find stable housing. HOPE Community is the only program of its kind in our eight-county Big Bend area. Over 70% of HOPE residents move into stable housing.

Since 2005, HOPE Community helped over 785 people – including more than 300 children – move to stable housing, ending their episode of homelessness. HOPE Community has a six-month time frame for residents participating in the program. HOPE provides quality services and housing for 100-115 at any given time.

HOPE provides a full array of services to its residents, including short-term transitional housing on a secure 5½ acre campus, case management, on-site and referrals to supportive services addressing employment, mental health, substance abuse and health care needs. Each resident is offered three meals a day in our dining hall, which also serves as a meeting room for supportive services, community meetings and volunteer events.

Program goals include obtaining stable housing, increasing or establishing income, and improving health.

HOPE partners with a variety of community organizations to provide supportive services to address the needs of our residents to help them meet program and personal goals of self-sufficiency. On-site and off-site services are offered to residents in the following areas:

• Health Care. The Kay Freeman Health Center on HOPE's campus offers initial health screenings and primary health care, as well as referrals for specialist care. The Kay Freeman Center is a project of the Bond Community Health Center. Other health care partners in the continuum include: Neighborhood Health Services, Veteran’s Administration (VA), Leon County Health Department, Big Bend Cares, Shisa, Inc., Capital Area Community Action Agency, Catholic Charities, Capital Medical Society and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital..
• Education and Employment Assistance. The Leon County School Board offers assistance with enrollment, transportation, and support for homeless youth and their families. Residents are also referred to ECHO’s Employment Services, WORKFORCEplus, Goodwill Industries, Vocational Rehabilitation and Ability 1st job readiness and placement programs.
• Child Care and Family Support. Families are referred to subsidized child care programs. The Leon County Schools provides a tutor in the afternoons to help children with their homework. Family skills programs are also offered including child development, positive parenting, nutrition and budgeting. Children participate in Boys & Girls Club over the summer.
• Direct Links to Government and Other Programs. Residents have access to representatives of various benefits and assistance programs, including the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the US Social Security Administration. Other services available to residents include a veteran’s program covering medical, mental health, educational/vocational needs, and legal services.
• Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. A strong referral relationship with substance abuse and mental health providers in the community allows for inpatient and outpatient treatment. Residents receive treatment from the following community partners: Apalachee Centerr, Ability 1st, DISC Village, Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Bond Community Health Center, Neighborhood Health Services, faith-based programs and other organizations.
• Housing Assistance. Case managers link residents with a variety of opportunities, including permanent supportive housing for those with disabilities, and assistance programs to help locate and obtain affordable, safe housing.

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