What is the House of Hope?
The House of Hope is a Christian based organization under the direction
of Christian Community Development. It is a two year transitional
housing program for homeless, single mothers and their children. The
mothers are generally between the ages of 18 and 25 and the children
are usually newborn to 8 years old. Those who apply to the program live
well below the poverty level.
During the transition time, 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 ready to make the needed changes in their
lives and become self-sufficient individuals.
The House of Hope consists of two
houses in which these young 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
Currently, both houses are full with ten mothers and seventeen
children. There is a waiting list of sixty-nine homeless, single
mothers and their children. Statistics have shown that nearly
two-thirds of all single mothers with children up to four years old
live below poverty level in Iowa. This number is greater in Iowa than
in the nation as a whole. The House of Hope program provides a solution
for this problem.
Who Governs the House of Hope?
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