With the use of this grant, Giving HOPE, Inc. assists families with dependent children or individuals who are homeless or potentially homeless due to a documented recent emergency such as auto repair, medical emergency, or loss of employment. The participant is expected to have the desire and ability to establish or re-establish self-sufficiency. The grant allows Giving HOPE, Inc. to provide financial assistance for housing or related items in accordance with the regulations of the grant funding approval. While on the program, participants are required to attend follow-up appointments, to work on their family service plan and budget planning. As a part of the program criteria, the participant must be a Denton County resident. The length of time the participant can qualify for financial assistance will depend on the program and the participant's willingness to follow the program guidelines and activities set by the participants Program Manager. All participants in the household qualify for grant assistance once every twelve months from the date of their last assistance. After a period of 12 months, participants may be considered as a program candidate again upon recommendation of the Director and Program Manager.
The Transition Housing Program pays rent and a utility allowance for 5 families in program apartments provided through a cooperative agreement with local community housing partners. Clients must pay deposits. The clients also pay 30% of adjusted gross income as client portion of rent/utility allowance to help cover program costs.
In addition to rent & utility assistance, clients receive:
The goal of the Transition Housing Program is to help participant families develop the financial stability to obtain and maintain stable housing when they exit the program.
The Permanent Supportive Housing program provides indefinite rental and utility assistance to clients that were experiencing homelessness and have a HIV/AIDS diagnosis.
In addition to rent and utility assistance, clients receive various supportive services to help them attain self-sufficiency. These services include, but are not limited to:
The goal of the Permanent Supportive Housing program is to assist individuals and families to ensure they receive regular medical services, maintain stable housing, and develop the skills necessary to become self-sufficient.
Wheeler House is a short term transitional housing program for four single moms in a housing crisis. Each mom is given a furnished room in the facility for her family. The facility also has mini fridges in the room, a family room, a playground, a computer center and an onsite clinic. Giving Hope pays the rent for the moms ($300) for the first three months and half the rent for the second three months. The moms also work with a case manager to help them develop a plan to get their finances in order and be able to move out after 6 months. To learn more about Wheeler House, contribute to help a mom with her rent or refer a mom in need please email Dr. Alonzo Peterson at Alonzo.email@example.com or by phone at 940.382.0609.
Giving Hope, Inc. Street Outreach Program was established in March of 2014.Street Outreach is typically conducted three times a month with the exception of special events, twice a month in Denton and once a month in Lewisville. Surveys are conducted with clients experiencing homelessness. The data is used to assess gaps in services, build on what is working in the community, and to assist in obtaining more funding through grants. Various different agencies that provide services to those experiencing homelessness table with the Giving Hope Outreach Manager, Liz Emerson, LMSW providing agency/governmental specific information, as well as on site HIV testing. The street outreach team provides referrals for both (mental and physical health), employment, food, transportation, and other case specific resources. Each client whether or not they choose to participate in the survey are provided with items seasonally appropriate i.e. (bug spray, sunscreen, warm weather gear, etc.) a smile, and listening ear.
Networking and connecting various service providers with each other throughout the county. Working with community businesses, churches, schools, and universities to conduct fundraisers, donation collections, and promote education and awareness about marginalized populations. The Outreach Program coordinates and participates in holding and attending community awareness and advocacy events targeting specific societal issues and working towards tangible change.
Recently, our street outreach program was featured on New Channel 8. To check out the story, please click the link below: