Hope Community Rapid Re‑Housing Program

About Hope Community

Hope Community is dedicated to meeting the housing needs of families experiencing homelessness. 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.

Calvin College nursing students provide a mental health workshop at the Hope Community Service Center
Hope Community duplex unit

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.

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How the Program Works

Calvin College students conduct a workshop at Hope Community
Calvin College nursing students provide a mental health workshop at the Hope Community Service Center

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
    • Housekeeping
    • The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program
    • Making financial decisions
    • Personal and family safety
    • Services offered through the Department of Health & Human Services

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How You Can Help

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.

In-Kind 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
  • Household Supplies: Paper towels, laundry soap, bleach, all-purpose cleaner, abrasive cleaner, window cleaner, garbage bags, sponges
  • Baby Items: Bassinets, cribs, crib sheets, mattress pads, blankets, car seats, strollers, baby wipes, diapers, pull-ups
  • Party Needs: Wrapping paper, cards, decorations, small gifts for residents
  • Large Items: Reliable cars, washers, dryers, televisions, wagons, stoves, microwave ovens, refrigerators, vinyl flooring, carpet

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