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Our Programs

Giving HOPE's case managers assess each client's needs and determine which program can provide the best assistance to the client.

In addition to the core programs, Giving HOPE, Inc. maintains the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), a computerized database that tracks information about the homeless in Denton County.


Learn more about our programs by clicking the links on the left.

30-90 Day Assistance

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.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program

With the use of this grant, Giving HOPE, Inc. attempts to assist families and individuals in the Northern Denton County area with rental assistance. Participants must be experiencing difficulty and/or crisis and will be able to move towards stability once rental assistance is received. The assistance with this grant is for no more than one month. This is a Federal Grant, and the regulations require a recent emergency situation that has caused the family financial hardship(ex. fire, medical emergency, auto repair, temporary loss of work or wage reduction). Documentation of this emergency is required to be considered for the assistance. The participant will also be assisted with developing a budget and future financial plan of action to resume payments themselves. Participants may be considered for grant assistance once of their last assistance.

Housing Counseling

The foundation of all Giving Giving HOPE's services is financial education and planning. Housing Counseling helps people to look at their options regarding housing and other financial issues and develop a plan. We do not want to set families up for failure by helping them get into housing they will not be able to afford. Many people have not had an opportunity to learn good financial management skills, especially in the case of controlling and abusive relationships. Sometimes people are just too overcome by the stress of their current situation to think clearly and need help developing options and a budget plan. The skills we work to teach can make the difference in a family’s long term success or failure. This counseling is open to anyone who desires it, and is not limited to only those receiving financial assistance. However, this counseling is REQUIRED for anyone receiving financial assistance.

Transitional Housing

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:

  • long-term intervention (1 year, with possibility of a second year depending on good progress on goals)
  • intensive case management
  • basic financial skills development
  • decision-making skills development
  • help in setting goals and implementing a plan to reach them


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.

Eligibility:

  • Homeless by HUD definition (in shelter or verified on streets - NOT doubledup)
  • Parent(s) with minor children in the household
  • Able and willing to work
  • Motivated and able to do what it takes to build the skills needed for self-sufficiency
  • Significant barriers to obtaining stable housing (ex. need GED or job skills, poor or no work history - often due to abuse, evication or other credit issues barring eligibility for apartment, temp. health issues)
  • Barriers likely to need more than a few months to overcome, but likely able to overcome in 1-2 years
  • There must be a current opening and funding to fit the family being considered

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:

  • case management
  • housing counseling
  • independent living skills development
  • budget counseling
  • basic financial skills development
  • job counseling

 

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.peterson@hopeincdenton.com or by phone at 940.382.0609.

 

 

Wheeler House was featured on NBC 5 this Christmas.  Check it out!

 

 

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- Action

 

Street Outreach

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.

 

Community Outreach

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: 

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/denton-county/denton-co-charity-copes-with-homeless-encampments/30628812