Housing is one of the main reasons people seek help at Catholic Charities. The Neighborhoods of Hope initiative was created in part to address the needs of those otherwise excluded from traditional housing options. What makes Neighborhoods of Hope different are the integrated services designed to increase stability in the home – services such as workforce development, financial literacy and parenting support.
Initial development will begin by revitalizing neighborhoods in Kansas City with expansion into communities throughout the 27 counties of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. The ultimate goal of this project is increased self-sufficiency and home ownership.
The first Neighborhoods of Hope property is a home in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast, which was donated to Catholic Charities. A veteran and his family have already moved in and are working with case managers to increase long-term financial stability.
Neighborhoods of Hope offers more than four walls and a roof – it offers real and lasting change for those who need it most.
Historically, Catholic Charities’ housing program has included 8 multi-tenant residences located in Kansas City, Warrensburg and Cameron MO providing affordable housing for older adults and people with disabilities. Our other partnership placements in public and private residential facilities are for both transitional and permanent needs of anyone coming to us for help. About two years ago, all that began to change. When we opened the first Welcome Center in downtown Kansas City, we began to witness, over and over again, families who were homeless or living in unsafe conditions. Time after time, we saw ex-offenders who found it difficult to reintegrate into society, and unemployed and underemployed individuals looking for a safe place while they worked to get stability back in their lives. Too often, barriers such as foreclosure, eviction and financial crises have prevented motivated individuals like these, committed to correcting past mistakes, from finding the help they need.
It’s more than four walls and a roof. It’s about programs teaching work and life skills so they can be successful. It’s about offering help to those who need it so that they can open up possibilities.
It’s about building Neighborhoods of Hope.
For more information, contact Jarrod Sanderson at 816.659.8227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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