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By Hope House Milwaukee on 8/2/2011 12:00 AM
The Johnston Center, a collaboration of Mercy Housing and Hope House, has been open for almost one year. This building, formerly a clinic, offers 92 single occupancy units for the chronically homeless and disabled. The building features common spaces, a computer lab, and an exercise room. But what makes the housing “supportive” is the case management provided by Hope House staff.  Careful and compassionate case management can be the determining factor of maintaining housing for many chronically homeless individuals. Adhering to a budget on low, no, or fixed income can be a struggle. Navigating the social services available and selecting the right ones can be confusing. That’s why Hope House provides comprehensive case management for any individual staying at the Johnston Center. Residents can work with our staff to plan a budget, pay bills on time, and connect with the services they need. Our staff not only help them on the right track, but help them stay there, while they live in safe, permanent housing.  According...
By Hope House Milwaukee on 11/29/2010 12:00 AM
Education and employment are the first steps in preventing homelessness. Hope House offers low or no-cost GED preparation classes to help our residents and neighbors start successful careers.  Unemployment and low-wage jobs can be a quick route to homelessness. Without a high school diploma or GED, it is difficult for a person to land a job that can lift them from poverty. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, a full-time minimum wage worker working full time, year round would earn $13,624 a year. This puts them almost 25% below the $18,310 poverty level for a family of three(1). Education is a crucial part of finding employment that will support a family.  At Hope House, we offer the opportunity to rise above poverty with the power of education. Our classes are very low-cost and offer one-on-one attention within individualized coursework. Students hone their skills in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies; this provides a basic foundation for not only passing their GED test,...
By Hope House Milwaukee on 6/1/2010 12:00 AM
Just two months ago, Hope House began hosting “Teen Night” and implementing a new portion of our Shining Stars program, designed especially for youth aged 13-17. They have made us very proud with their accomplishments so far! In Hope House’s new teen program, youth become community organizers, inspiring activism in our neighborhood that lasts. The first project for our teens was planning a Planting Party and Basura Bash. Over 50 of our neighbors, youth, families, and pairs from Big Brothers, Big Sisters attended this event! More than 150 plants were planted in our community garden, which will be partially donated to the United Southside Food Pantry (USSFP) at the end of the summer.  Teens learned the intricacies of event planning by brainstorming, organizing, advertising, and acting. Youth explored the concept of community gardening by determining how to share the harvest, ultimately deciding on sharing it with their families and the neighborhood by donating some of the produce to the USSFP. They also filmed a commercial to...
By Hope House Milwaukee on 4/29/2010 12:00 AM
For many people, barriers such as mental illness and physical disability make it extremely difficult to maintain employment, manage financial resources, and keep supportive social connections. This can lead down a slippery slope of poverty, substance abuse, or reoccurring homelessness. Hope House’s Protective Payee Program is designed to provide financial oversight, budget counseling, and supportive case management for individuals in this scenario.  According to a study done by the US Department of Health and Human Services, 39% of homeless individuals report...
By Hope House Milwaukee on 2/25/2010 12:00 AM
Individuals without shelter face added obstacles in the winter months; hypothermia is the cause of death for nearly 700 homeless individuals annually. So what are shelters doing to counteract these critical conditions for the homeless?  The National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) published a report titled Winter Homeless Services: Bringing Our Neighbors in from the Cold to explain the need for increased winter services for homeless individuals as well as provide insight on what shelters are already doing to help (follow the link to read the entire report)....

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