Our three core program areas are: Housing and Services, Economic Empowerment and ChildHope. The focus of each of the program areas is to eliminate the barriers to success and empower each family to reach their potential and escape poverty.
Housing Hope’s programs offer a full range of housing types—emergency shelter, transitional housing and affordable rental apartments, as well as homeownership opportunities for low-income households. The Continuum is an effective and efficient method of helping families break the cycle of poverty. It recognizes that a family must have the basic need for safe shelter met before they can deal with other significant challenges. Conversely, providing only housing to people is not enough to significantly improve their chances for becoming successful members of the community. Only the combination of housing and supportive services gives these families the opportunity to become self-sufficient by building skills and resources for a better future.
Residents in Housing Hope’s housing receive employment readiness coaching which includes job search assistance, and guidance in building both soft and hard skills. Employment Specialists at Housing Hope work closely with individuals experiencing homelessness to explore their options and create realistic career plans to financially support their family. In addition, Employment Specialists will also find internships for clients to be placed into. Clients doing internships meet weekly with Employment Specialists to work on barriers to employment and receive one on one coaching. The employment team and the employer work closely with one another to evaluate and assess each intern to ensure that barriers are being identified and addressed. Finally, clients will also build and shape their own individualized employment/educational plans that revolve around training, internships, educational opportunities, skill building and job search activities.
Housing Hope also provides access to specialty employment and training opportunities in the community.
The EduPloyment Program facilitates career pathways for individuals in households experiencing homelessness or poverty through a model of education, employment readiness training, work experience and employment. EduPloyment is a community collaboration that includes several services and funding partners:
* Everett Community College
* Service Alternatives
* WorkFirst and Basic Food Employment Training
* Workforce Snohomish
* Affordable Housing Providers
* Snohomish County Human Services
The program will target enrollment cohorts of 20 students. These 20 students will go through 19 credit coursework and 200-300 hours of on-the-job training in the targeted field of study. Our flagship field of study in 2015 was focused on property management. Currently, we are not recruiting for a new class, but please contact Timothy Jackson by email at TimothyJackson@housinghope.org with any questions.
Solid Foundations – A transitional pathways life skills class
Partnering together, Housing Hope and Edmonds Community College teach a two-week course to prepare clients for employment, educational opportunities and meeting their life goals. The first week is taught by a behaviorist through Edmonds Community College who covers topics such as dealing with change, self-awareness, managing fear, and exploring your hidden strength. The second week is taught by a Housing Hope life-skills coach and aims to teach you the soft skills necessary to succeed in the workplace and grow flourishing relationships. Topics include self-efficacy, goal setting, money management, working with difficult people, conflict resolution, and so much more. If you are interested in attending these classes or have clients that would benefit from these classes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In‐home Child and Family Specialist at Housing Hope Properties
Child and Family Specialists are available to serve family housing units throughout Snohomish County, as well as children at Tomorrow’s Hope Child Development Center. The Specialist provides assessment, interventions, parent coaching and referral to specialty agencies and school liaison assistance to parents. The Specialist also serves as a community engagement coordinator with the school districts, community partners and agencies.
Parent Education at College of Hope
The agency’s College of Hope program offers a series of evening courses in its ‘Family Life’ education academy. These courses are offered at five geographic sites in the county: Everett, Lynnwood, Monroe, Stanwood and Smokey Point. Transportation for homeless families is provided to the Everett site. A meal designed to model economical and nutritious meals and family dining begins each evening.
Tomorrow’s Hope Child Development Center
Tomorrow’s Hope operates a licensed center with 112 slots serving children 4 weeks to 12 years of age. The center provides transportation, a nutrition program with breakfast, lunch and two snacks daily, a once a week health clinic and a Head Start classroom for 4 year olds. The program has staff and teachers with varying educational levels, including several with advanced degrees.
Homeless Teen and Young Parents at New Century Village
Provides 23 subsidized independent living apartments dedicated to homeless young moms aged 16 to 24 years and their babies. Two full time Case Managers specialize in providing a comprehensive program of supports to these residents. A tailored series of College of Hope parenting and life skills classes are provided on site. Volunteers provide childcare so that all parents at this site can participate in life skills education classes.