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.
HOPE is proud to have co-chaired the planning committee for the Long Beach Affordable Housing Developers Roundtable that took place on April 7th. This event was organized in partnership with Long Beach Housing and RTLB. Turnout was excellent, with representatives from many major affordable housing organizations, including Century Housing, Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles, LINC Housing, Jamboree Housing, and Abode Communities. Former Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal spoke and discussed Mayor Garcia's task force on housing and homelessness in which she chairs. The purpose of this roundtable is to create an environment that fosters collaboration, secures additional resources, creates innovative development models, promotes good policy, and educates the public on how affordable homes are essential to the health and economic success of our city. HOPE is excited to be a part of the conversation!
HOPE is thrilled to be a contributing member of the Coalition for a Just LA. Since January this diverse group of nonprofit organizations has joined together to coordinate a candidate’s forum for the Los Angeles County District 4 supervisorial seat being vacated by Don Knabe who terms out after 20 years of public service. The election is taking place on June 7th and this is a great opportunity for HOPE to contribute to raising awareness of topics that affect our mission and also to begin a dialogue with the candidates Janice Hahn and Steve Napolitano. “It’s exciting to be a part of an initiative that will help inform the voting public and engage the candidates on issues critical to the communities we serve and that are overseen by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors,” say Ian Nevarez, Manager of Community Relation at HOPE.
The critical need for affordable housing will be addressed as a primary segment of the forum, along with discussions on homelessness, re-entry and recovery, health for all, seniors, and the environment. HOPE has been instrumental in framing the affordable housing component of the event. We are also excited to invite our friends, family, residents, donors, volunteers, colleagues, and business partners to support our efforts and to come hear from the candidates running to be our newest District 4 County Supervisor.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
6:00 Doors Open
6:30 Program Begins
First Congregational Church
241 Cedar Ave, Long Beach, CA
A Coalition for a Just LA: South Bay Coalition to End Homelessness, LINC Housing, MoveLA, ICO, Path Ventures, NAMI, Empact, LA Voice, CSH, NAMI, Whittier First Day, Century Village at Cabrillo, A New Way of Life, SCANPH, HOPE Inc., and Homeboy Industries.
On April 7th, Executive Director, Kristin Martin had the opportunity to discuss affordable housing with U.S. Congresswoman Linda Sánchez and Mayor Mike Mendez of Norwalk. The special occasion that brought these leaders together was a ceremony in which Congresswoman Linda Sánchez, who represents California's 39th Congressional District, presented a 2015 Congressional Recognition of Excellence Award to the City of Norwalk for their collaboration with HOPE on developing four stable and affordable homes for people with developmental disabilities.
We were honored to be invited by the city to share in the celebration! More so, we are proud of our ability to support the lives of our residents in taking even greater strides toward self reliance and engagement in the community. Housing is often times a critical step in this process, and HOPE is energized to continue our mission of providing stable and affordable homes to those with developmental disabilities. Our properties off of Fairford, Maidstone, Flatbush and Thornlake in Norwalk are excellent examples of this effort.
On March 16th, HOPE completed its 5th conversion of a water thirsty lawn into a drought tolerant landscape in conjunction with Rebuilding Together Long Beach and the Long Beach Water Department. Employees from KKR Investments provided the volunteer labor, and the plants were donated by United Plant Growers, Ricardo's Nursery, Jaime's Landscaping, Garibaldo's Nursery, and UVA Nursery. This continuing initiative supports statewide water conservation efforts while lowering HOPE's water expenses.
A big thank you to all of our partners, volunteers and donors! Enjoy the gallery below.
What a great turnout for our February 24th open house on Flatbush Avenue in Norwalk. This site will be home to three tenants with developmental disabilities. Ongoing services will be provided by Life Steps Foundation and the Harbor Regional Center. The event brought together neighbors, community partners, and local officials to celebrate the latest addition of affordable housing in the city.
Tours were provided by residents, proud to show off their new home to visitors. Later, attendees listened to Norwalk Mayor, Leonard Shryock; HOPE Board President, Bob Irlen; and Executive Director, Kristin Martin, as they gave speeches highlighting the housing crisis in the state and lauding the efforts of the community collaboration that made this affordable home a reality. A special thank you was given to Kristin Maithonis and Jesus Sanchez in the city's community development department, whose dedicated work on this project was critical to its success. The mayor made it a point to warmly welcome the new renters to the neighborhood.
Kristin Martin spoke in particular of the impact this location would have on its tenants. “This is our fifth affordable home in Norwalk, and I’m excited to be a part of the celebration. I am even more excited though for the opportunities the privacy, independence and safety of this house will afford our residents.”
Turnout for the event was higher than expected, with dozens of family members present to meet the community partners that made possible their loved ones’ new home and to help create a welcoming environment for the guests. The evening ended with the ribbon cutting ceremony. Mayor Shryock had the honors but invited the current tenants to join him as he officially opened the restored house for occupancy.