Rapid re-housing provides short-term rental assistance and services in order to help people obtain housing quickly, increase self- sufficiency, and maintain housing stability. It is offered without preconditions, and the resources and services provided are typically tailored to the needs of the household.
Hope Community is dedicated to meeting the housing needs of homeless women and their minor dependent children. Applicants are referred by The Salvation Army. Those who choose to become a part of Hope Community agree to participate in an individualized self-discovery and educational process designed to help them identify and overcome barriers to self-reliance.
Our facilities include a Service Center that houses offices for management and Resident Services staff as well as twelve private apartments equipped with a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedrooms appropriate to each family’s size. An additional twelve two- or three-bedroom duplex units are located nearby.
As residents gain the skills they need to progress toward independent living, they receive a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher that empowers them to find privately owned rental housing.
Hope Community social work professionals collaborate with a network of community health and human service agencies that provide educational, work readiness, counseling, parenting and health care programs directly to resident families:
On-site Resident Services Specialists work with residents to set goals, secure housing, address issues that threaten housing stability, develop action plans and monitor progress.
Residents are provided with workshops offered through a Housing, Options, Preparation and Education (H.O.P.E.) curriculum. These cover a wide variety of topics, including...
How to be a good tenant
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program
Making financial decisions
Personal and family safety
Services offered through the Department of Health & Human Services
Hope Community housing facilities were built by members of the Home & Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids, who donated both labor and materials. The need for goods and services is ongoing, and we continue to rely on the generosity of community donors to obtain many essential supplies and services.
Donation Wish List
Kitchen: Tables/chairs, microwave ovens, silverware, cups, plates, bowls, pots and pans, brooms, mops, dust pans, can openers, bakeware, mixing bowls, kitchen towels, dish cloths, cutting boards, salt and pepper shakers, kitchen knives, pot holders, dish soap, scouring pads, dish drainers, foil, food storage bags
Bedroom: Bed frames and mattresses/box springs (prefer twin but will take full size), dressers, alarm clocks, lamps, wastebaskets
Linens: Bed pillows, blankets, pillowcases, sheets (twin and full), vinyl mattress covers (twin and full), rugs, laundry baskets
Bathroom: Shower curtains and rings, bath towels, wash cloths, hand towels, rugs, wastebaskets
Personal Care: Deodorant, razors, soap, body wash, hair clips, hair brushes, tampons/sanitary pads, toilet tissue, hair shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, adhesive bandages, thermometers
Living Room: Sofas, chairs, end tables, coffee tables, lamps, telephones, rugs