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What Home Means to Them

Ian Nevarez
April 5, 2016

A core value at HOPE is to empower individuals to live as active and contributing members of their community. We see every day how providing a stable and affordable home can have a dramatic impact on one's life. It heightens self-esteem and gives confidence to achieve more in other areas of life, such as employment, education, and social development.

We recently spoke with three HOPE residents named Ackendricks, Byran and Destry. They were asked what the word "Home" meant to them. Ackendricks said he really appreciated having space to call his own, "It is exciting. You got your own privacy. You have a living room, a kitchen, a backyard. I sleep in my own room." Byran valued his independence, and Destry really appreciated feeling secure, "To me a home is a place where you can feel safe, feel warm. Where you feel good to be there. "

These are basic aspects of a home that can easily be taken for granted. For residents with developmental disabilities though, it is often difficult to find stable and affordable places to live. Developmentally disabled adults are among our poorest and most vulnerable populations when it comes to housing. Soaring rents along with the need for supportive services leave few options for independent living.Sadly, some find themselves without housing due to a death in the family or unforeseen financial crisis. In these instances, HOPE homes are often their only opportunity to live independently in healthy and accessible housing.

A core value at HOPE is to empower individuals to live as active and contributing members of their community. We see every day how providing a stable and affordable home can have a dramatic impact on one's life. It heightens self-esteem and gives confidence to achieve more in other areas of life, such as employment, education, and social development.
 
 

 

 

Home Ownership for Personal Empowerment Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) organization and relies on the generosity of donors to sustain its mission and programs.  (EIN# 33-0618316)