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.
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.
15507 Flatbush Ave
Norwalk, CA 90650
Wednesday, February 24th
5:00 - 6:30 P.M.
HOPE is excited to welcome friends, family, neighbors, city officials, and the service community to our newest affordable housing site. Come join us for refreshments, ribbon cutting, and tour of this renovated three bedroom home.
To learn more about the Flatbush property or to make a donation to support our Houses to Homes initiative that provide furnishings for low-income HOPE tenants check out our digital magazine here.
For more information, contact Jennifer Byram at: Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org
On January 4th, HOPE was excited to welcome Charles DeCuir as its newest member of the team! Charles is coming onboard as Manager of Operations and Finance. He will be charged with overseeing investments, accounting activities and audits. He will act as a liaison to HOPE committees, board and financial partners. Charles will also spearhead the development of internal policies and procedures, event cash management and reconciliation. Finally, he will contribute to the property purchase process by assisting with applications, escrow and negotiations.
Charles has a broad knowledge base of the nonprofit sector, city government, HUD and grants. He studied at USC's Marshall School of Business and California State University, Los Angeles where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He previously worked with Fohrman & Fohrman Inc where he held the title of Financial Consultant/Account Manager, and before this he worked in the mayor's office for the City of Los Angeles as the Financial Management Director.