The House of Hope is a
Christian based two year transitional housing
program for single mothers experiencing
homelessness and their children. We provide
support and individualized case management to each
of the women to help them identify the steps
necessary to achieve a safe, stable and secure
home for themselves and their children.
While in the program, the
women receive support, guidance and assistance
with employment, education and life skills. Safe
housing, food, clothing, one-on-one counseling,
community referrals and assistance in locating
appropriate childcare is also provided for the
women. Women are required to work and/or attend
school full-time. They are also required to attend
in-house groups and meet weekly with a case
manager. With two years of support, guidance and
stability, women are equipped to make the needed
changes in their lives to reach their goals and
sustain permanent housing for their families.
The House of Hope consists
of two houses in which these families reside. The
house at 222 Walnut Street in Waterloo has seven
apartments and has been in operation since 1995.
The house at 306-308 Walnut Street has three
apartments and opened its doors in 2001.
Why is the House of Hope so
The House of Hope is the only agency in the
Waterloo area offering personalized case
management and two year transitional housing
services to homeless women and their children. Our
program allows women the
opportunity to complete the steps necessary to
achieve their goals, including attending school,
finding jobs that pay a living wage, paying
fines/debt, or completing community service.
Ultimately, we support the end of generational
poverty. The children of women exiting our program
are more likely to grow up in stable homes with
their needs met and the ability to attend school
and develop career aspirations of their own.
Who Governs the House of
The House of Hope is affiliated with Christian
Community Development which is an
interdenominational, non-profit organization whose
purpose is to identify and meet the social needs
of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls urban community. The
CCD Board is represented by a diverse group of
individuals representing many churches and
professions in the metropolitan area.