Hope House has combined our two most successful housing programs to meet the needs of homeless families, working towards our goal of ending homelessness.
Family Bonds Housing Program:
The Family Bond Housing Program is the culmination of three decades of experience and an exciting and important step in ending homelessness in the city of Milwaukee. Our goal is to offer one program that gets families off the streets immediately by housing them in our onsite shelter while working to help them find an apartment of their own. Previously, when a family was identified as homeless and was trying to get assistance in an overtaxed shelter system, the family would remain homeless while case workers scrambled to find a suitable apartment and the voluminous intake paperwork was completed. This kept families in extremely vulnerable positions as the process could take weeks or even months. With the Family Bonds program we will be able to act faster, getting families into our shelter while working to find them their own apartment. We are able to house ten families here in our building at 209. W Orchard Street and we subsidize the rent of hundreds more here in the city of Milwaukee.
Children in shelter grow and learn through our Shining Stars after school program. Adults are provided with practical, applicable information, education, and services in a condensed timeframe. In this way, clients who are temporarily experiencing homelessness can find stable, permanent housing and a better future.
Families seeking immediate shelter, please call 211 (or 414-773-0211) for shelter.
Surgeon's Quarters SRO:
For many years, Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Housing kept the homeless, mainly men, off the streets and in housing. However, most local SRO housing was torn down in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and as a result, homelessness spread in the 1980s. The Surgeon’s Quarters Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Program is a joint project of Hope House of Milwaukee, Inc., the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Friends of Housing. The project consists of a 13 bedroom, Section 8 SRO program that provides permanent housing to adult men and women in a communal setting. Along with an individual room, each resident is provided with shared kitchen, living, and bathroom areas. In addition, a case manager works closely with the residents to assess, refer, link and engage each in the necessary supportive services to help maintain stable housing, such as transportation assistance, mental health and substance abuse counseling, educational opportunities, healthcare, and emergency food distribution.
The population of Surgeon’s Quarters SRO consists of adult men and women who are homeless, possessing the attitude and stability conducive to communal living while receiving case management services. All individuals enter the program from extremely low-income backgrounds with inadequate resources to secure housing, and many are veterans.