We go into their home and we teach them how to cook, budget and shop. We teach them how to launder their clothes. We teach them how to take the bus, and how to get back and forth to different things in the community.
I think personally it would give me a great feeling to know that Beth had a place she could call her home long after we were gone -- and I know that is true of other parents that we know.
The neatest thing about living in my own place is cause I love it here... I can do things on my own.
My dream was always living in a house and I got that dream, and I made that dream come true.
I really like it. This is the best place I ever lived, and my Dad was so happy when we found out about this program and found this place.
Long Beach - On the morning of Wednesday, September 5th, HOPE’s newest College-to-Career (C2C) housing on Clark Avenue was a buzz with community leaders, residents, volunteers, neighbors, and staff members of partnering agencies. Everyone was in attendance to celebrate the grand opening and official ribbon cutting of the new affordable housing project created to serve 14 students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DDs) attending community college.
During the event program, guests heard statements of support from Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, as well as from representatives of Congressman Alan Lowenthal and Supervisor Janice Hahn. Executives from the C2C program partners, including HOPE, Harbor Regional Center, Long Beach City College, California MENTOR, and Social Vocational Services, each spoke to the importance of community collaboration to ensure that stable, affordable housing continues to be created for people with I/DD.
For this vulnerable population, the inability to identify and secure affordable, inclusive housing in Los Angeles County presents a severe challenge to day-to-day living, not to mention the additional barriers it creates to achieving academic success. Today, an individual earning minimum wage would need to work 92 hours a week to afford a modest, one-bedroom apartment at fair market rent, while there is no county in the State of California where a person with a developmental disability living solely on SSI can afford a median-priced apartment. This extreme cost burden acutely affects this vulnerable population and serves to lock them into a cycle of poverty and housing instability.
Located just blocks from the campus of Long Beach City College (LBCC), this site is HOPE’s third property dedicated to providing young adults with I/DD a dorm-like residential experience while they complete college courses to obtain a certificate or associates degree, all with the ultimate goal of gainful employment. This new C2C location, in the Lakewood Village neighborhood of Long Beach, sits on a 17,000+ square foot lot. A charming courtyard adjoins the two neighboring buildings that include 7 residential units for students and one office unit for program staff. Students accepted into the program pay $350-$500 per month for their housing.
Each C2C partner plays a pivotal role in ensuring the program’s success. Harbor Regional Center provides funding and case management, LBCC provides academic counseling, Social Vocation Services provides career guidance, and California MENTOR delivers onsite supportive living services. HOPE’s contribution to this partnership is in the purchase, rehabilitation, and ongoing management of the housing. Additional project partners include Dilworth Construction, First Republic Bank, Appleby Property Management, and Main Street Realtors.
“At HOPE we believe a home should not just be a roof over our residents’ heads,” said Executive Director Kristin Martin. “It should also empower them to follow their dreams and make the most out of their lives. This housing does just that by offering dorm-like homes for young adults with developmental disabilities who are attending community college but may need additional on campus and residential supports to achieve their goals.”
Funding for this new housing included HOPE capital and foundation grants from Union Bank, Bank of the West, US Bank, Del Harbor Foundation, and Bess J. Hodges Foundation.
The event program and ribbon-cutting ceremony were directly followed by tours led by current C2C students.
HOPE’s other C2C properties in Long Beach include a five-unit apartment building and a four-bedroom single family home. HOPE and its partners currently serve 28 students at these three locations.
Community members interested in supporting the mission of HOPE can find out more information on how to volunteer, attend future events, or donate at www.hope-homes.org.
This summer HOPE is launching a capital campaign to raise $200K to fund renovations of its new housing on Redondo Avenue in Long Beach. Donations to this fund will go directly toward property improvements to increase safety, access, and aesthetics before residents move in at the start of the new year.
HOPE acquired this eight unit multi-family building in May 2018. Upon completion of rehab, this location will provide affordable housing for six people with developmental disabilities, and one unit will be reserved as office space for onsite support staff. The building includes two 2-bedroom units, two one-bedroom units, and two studios, as well as four garages.
While the existing configuration of the housing layout will remain the same, HOPE is scheduled to complete renovations that include new flooring, interior paint, kitchen fixtures, appliances, kitchen & bathroom remodels, and heating repairs.
This new housing on Redondo Avenue was purchased for $1.8 million through HOPE’s internal capital, investment of HOME funds from the City of Long Beach, and financing through Clearinghouse CDFI.
“We are moving quickly to address the affordable housing crisis for the people we serve,” says HOPE Executive Director Kristin Martin. “This type of Independent Living model, which also provides needed onsite supports, offers our residents the very best chance at success.”
Renovations are scheduled to start in November, with a target move-in date for residents in January 2019. A grand opening celebration is planned for later that spring to commemorate the hard work, sacrifice, and dedication of this project’s community partners and donors.
Join HOPE in these efforts by contributing to our capital campaign! Your gift does more than put a roof over someone’s head, it creates independence and empowerment that serves as a foundation for people with I/DD to succeed in work, volunteering, education, and socialization. Please consider supporting our mission.
by ERICA STIGLMEIER
Residents living at HOPE’s 24-Hour Residential Care Home in Northridge gather each Wednesday to plan their upcoming week. They meet in the living room to discuss with staff where they want to go and how they want to be involved in the community. On some days it’s bowling and mini golf, and on others it’s trips to Santa Monica or the Discovery Museum.
Each resident has their unique interests and desires: Jerilyn and Rachael love singing, Nadine enjoys playing music, while Christine is a fan of watching movies. The onsite staff from Community Providers of Enrichment Services (CPES) strives to fill each of their days with engaging activities.
CPES is a behavioral health agency that provides services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Their goal at HOPE’s home in Northridge is to not only empower Jerilyn, Christine, Nadine, and Rachel to get involved in the community but also to exercise their independence to the fullest extent of their abilities.
Six years ago this wasn’t possible, as all four of the women previously lived in Fairview Developmental Center, one of the last three state-run institutions to house people with I/DD. Each of them lived in Fairview since childhood or adolescence.
After the Lanterman Act passed in 1969, California took action to gradually eliminate these developmental centers in favor of more personalized care. As outlined in the Lanterman Act, “People with developmental disabilities have the right to services and support to enable them to live an independent life.” Developmental centers have since given way to the regional center system that is state-funded, but privately operated by 21 autonomous nonprofit organizations.
For HOPE’s 24-Hour Residential Care Home in Northridge, the North Los Angeles Regional Center has been instrumental in setting these women up for success. Regional centers use a person-centered approach to help plan, access, and coordinate the services and support that their clients need. They contract with nonprofit and for-profit organizations, to provide those services to individuals with developmental disabilities, and they arrange, fund, and monitor those service providers that assist their clients in maintaining prosperous lives.
For the women that live here, success looks like freedom of choice. They choose their activities and hobbies while being supported by onsite staff. Daily outings and weekly trips to places like aquariums and the Queen Mary all serve to continually engage the residents in their community, while also encouraging personal interests and exploration.
“The home setting has also helped provide a normalized environment for these women,” says Monique Witherspoon, Residential Administrator at CPES. “They have their neighborhood, their home, and their own rooms.”
These vibrant daily routines, coupled with a stable home environment, have produced an increased quality of life for all four residents – most notably Jerilyn. Born in Detroit, Jerilyn had been in the developmental center from a very young age before moving into her HOPE home. When she entered this new housing, she did not speak and rarely participated in community activities. However, after only a year, she became the group’s social butterfly who likes to sing and cook dinner. Jerilyn’s brother is amazed by how much she’s flourished since transitioning to the HOPE home. “She talks more and is so much more sociable,” he says. “The program provided to them by this team has been crucial to her continued development.”
For Jerilyn, Christine, Nadine, and Rachel, choice and independence have encouraged positive change. Increased autonomy has opened a world of community engagement, which may not have otherwise been experienced. This home is a perfect example of how with the right partnerships between organizations like HOPE, CPES, and North Los Angeles Regional Center we can together continue to create life-enhancing housing for people with developmental disabilities.
It is through the generosity of donors that new homes will continue to be created and future residents will have the opportunity to experience freedom, growth, and greater independence. To support our cause, join HOPE’s sustaining gift program, Mission Makers. For as little as $10 per month you can help make the dream of living with dignity and independence come true for HOPE’s next resident.
HOPE offers a giant thank you to Board Treasurer Robert Irlen for his generous gift of $5,000 to support our cause and join the Ambassador 5 Circle. Bob is a longtime benefactor of our mission, parent of a HOPE resident, past Board Member of Harbor Regional Center, and community leader. We could not be more proud of his belief in our work and his willingness to step up and fund our future impact in the community.
Ambassador 5 Circle members are among HOPE’s most important donors. They are bound together by a shared commitment to the mission of creating stable, affordable homes for adults with developmental disabilities. These VIP patrons create the financial security for HOPE to move quickly when extraordinary opportunities arise.
“I am passionate about HOPE because of their core value of empowering residents to live independently…to make everyday choices that they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to make,” Bob says. “These are everyday things you and I may sometimes take for granted—what to eat, what to wear, what to do for leisure. And it is housing—housing which for out tenants wouldn’t be available without HOPE—which helps to plays a major role in this.”
Join Bob in becoming an Ambassador 5 Circle member by committing to a $5,000 or more annual gift and receive the following recognition and benefits:
Invitation to annual Ambassador 5 Circle recognition event
Appropriate recognition throughout the year in HOPE’s publications, website, and social media
Donor highlight at future open-house event
Insider briefings on HOPE breaking news and activities
An Ambassador 5 Circle lapel pin
Drum roll please.......HOPE, Inc. is thrilled to officially release our newest promotional video! Our mission to create stable, affordable homes for people with developmental disabilities is so vital. It is important for us to spread the message about the positive impact we can create with the support our donors, volunteers, and community partners.
This video features parents speaking to their concerns about long-term housing for their children with I/DD and how HOPE offers peace of mind knowing that their loved ones will have safe, permanent housing after they are gone.
HOPE residents discuss their independence and how they spend their days making choices and living life to the fullest. "I like to to be independent," Jodi says, "I just kept working on moving out and talking to people I needed to talk to to be able to move out." She mentions how lucky she feels to have such a wonderful home in a great neighborhood at an affordable rent.
RELATED: VIDEO: "HOPE in Norwalk"
Stable housing is essential to participation in most activities of daily life. HOPE offers that safe, stable housing that empowers our residents to reach their full potential and take advantage of all that life has to offer.
Through HOPE's three core housing models of 24 Hour Residential Care, Independent Living, and College to Career, we are changing lives!
To make a donation to support our important work, click here. We currently have more than 200 people with developmental disabilities standing by for their chance to move into a HOPE home.