Homes of Hope Earns Statewide Recognition for LoCAL Housing
A couple years ago Homes of Hope launched LoCAL Housing and truly believed it could be a model program to solve three difficult problems: job training, energy efficiency, and asset building. Since it's debut LoCAL has impacted the lives of hundreds of volunteers, dozens of men enrolled in our job training program, and ultimately seven families now have hope for a home that can serve as a springboard out of poverty.
Last month we were honored to receive the Palmetto Housing Achievement Award in the Creative Partnership category by South Carolina State Housing and Finance Development Authority (SC Housing) at the Annual Palmetto Affordable Housing Forum.
The Creative Partnership Award demonstrates innovative coordination of community resources and fund leveraging. Homes of Hope was nominated by the City of Greenville and accepted the award based on the success of our LoCAL Housing program. LoCAL stands for (Long-term; Compact; Affordable; LEED standard) housing.
Since the program’s launch in 2012, LoCAL Housing has provided a needed alternative to public housing, mobile homes, or dilapidated rental housing for poverty-level families making between $1000-$1300/month. The goal is for residents to pay no more than $375 per month in rent/mortgage and energy costs. This is achieved through corporate sponsorships of $39,000 which create an end result of a $30,000 mortgage for the family.
Before this happens though, LoCAL touches numerous lives. Each home is built by men overcoming drug and alcohol addiction enrolled in our job training program paired with volunteers from sponsoring corporations. Through the job training LoCAL construction provides, men have the opportunity to earn a Quick Job certification in Basic Residential Construction through Greenville Tech. Men are learning skills in both construction and life that will keep them on the right path going forward.
Collaboration drives the LoCAL success with sponsorships provided by corporations, churches and individuals, and neighborhood improvements like improved lighting, playground and common areas added by the city of Greenville. Partnerships with local homeless service providers such as GAIHN, Safe Harbor, and Serenity Place provide a funnel of deserving families to occupy these homes.
Homes of Hope has recently completed our 7th LoCAL home, built in partnership with volunteers from Fluor Corporation. LoCAL homes #8 and #9 are currently under construction in partnership with Resurgent Capital Services.
One of our residents of this program was also a winner in this year’s “What My Home Means to Me” essay contest at the Palmetto Affordable Housing Forum. You can read her powerful words here.