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Able Housing Program

The Able Housing program provides permanent supportive housing for disabled individuals that are homeless. This program provides rental and utility assistance along with case management services to help with weekly living needs.

The goal of the Able Housing program is to provide disabled individuals in Hancock County with permanent housing. Housing stability leads to the ability increase skills and income.

Once accepted into the Able Housing Program, participants work with a case manager to identify an apartment in the community. Hope House pays all or part of the participant’s rent while they are in the program. The amount of financial assistance will be based upon the family’s income. Case management services will be provide as well including:

  • Budgeting
  • Goal setting
  • Linkage to community services
  • Employment opportunities
  • Educational opportunities
  • Transportation needs

To qualify for the Able Housing Program you must be:

  • Homeless (residing in an emergency shelter or in a place not meant for human habitation)
  • Disabled (physically, mentally, or emotionally) as verified by a doctor
  • Hancock County resident
  • Living below 30% of the Area Median Income
  • Over the age of 18
  • Willing to participate in the program

For more information, reach out to our case manager, Starr Laytart, at 419.427.2848 or slaytart@findlayhopehouse.org.

Housing Office

The Hope House Housing Office is located in the Family Center and provides FREE assistance to low-income individuals and families in Hancock County with locating housing and eviction prevention. Our goal is to assist low to moderate-income people to obtain and maintain safe, decent, affordable housing either by renting or purchasing housing.

Housing Locating Assistance

  • Helps you locate affordable housing and provides a housing resource list of available rentals.
  • Provides information to low and moderate-income home buyers on possible purchase or homeowner education programs available within the community.
  • Works closely with the Hancock Metropolitan Housing Authority.
  • Helps you with Landlord/Tenant and Fair Housing issues including filing a complaint.
  • Works with the client on a budget and the amount he/she can afford in rent. Affordable housing is based on the HUD standard that no more than 38% of a client’s take home pay is paid toward rent. We cannot guarantee that the client will be a good tenant. It is up to the landlord to check references, employment or complete background checks.
  • Makes referrals to rental units or management-companies based upon the information received from the client or referring company. (For example: a client with only $800 income per month would not be referred to a $500 a month unit. A client with 4 children would not be referred to a one-bedroom apartment.)
  • Informs the client about their responsibilities of being a good tenant and how to understand a lease agreement. We try to provide each client with a package containing a “How to be a Good Tenant,” a brief copy of the landlord/tenant and Fair Housing laws, and what to look for in an apartment.
  • Offers telephone and transportation assistance when securing housing.
  • Assists clients with paperwork, location of housing and transportation to view available units.

Eviction Prevention

  • Mediates landlord/tenant issues to prevent eviction, resolve rent disputes and other problems that may have evolved between the tenant and landlord. We refer clients to a foreclosure prevention program which may be able to renegotiate a mortgage. We advocate against predatory lending.
  • Refers people to appropriate agencies for possible cash assistance to pay back-rent to avoid eviction.

Advocacy & Referrals

  • Makes referrals to other agencies for financial assistance and other needed services.
  • Advocates for you with outside agencies or landlords.
  • Accompanies you to appointments with landlords, social service agencies or the Department of Jobs and Family Services when necessary.
  • Provides information on other community services available to you.
  • Assists the individual or family in obtaining services with other issues that may lead or have lead to eviction or homelessness. Such issues may include: substance abuse, domestic violence, illness or job loss, etc.
  • Assesses clients and examines their needs so that appropriate referrals can be made to agencies that assist with medical, mental health, budgeting, legal, domestic violence, food, furniture, emergency housing, transportation, senior services, or other community resources.

For more information, reach out to our housing office manager, Lisa Walker, at 419.427.2848 or lwalker@findlayhopehouse.org.

Transitional Housing Shelter

The Hope House Transitional Shelter provides a way for those in need to have a place to stay while they get back on their feet. It offers women, (with or without children) a secure place to live for up to 9 months. During that time they will receive case management services, child advocacy services, and community referrals giving them the resources, opportunities, and hope to better their situation and work toward independent housing.

The shelter has 9 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, laundry facilities on site, a kitchen to prepare your own meals, and a recreation room (with TV/DVD and toy room). You can stay for up to 9 months and will also receive supportive services. There are also staff or volunteers on site at all times to help you.

The shelter has 9 bedrooms with a shared kitchen, dining room, bathrooms, and recreational space. Once accepted you can stay for up to 9 months in which you will:

  • Learn additional living skills (parenting, budgeting, etc.)
  • Gain employment support
  • Set goals for yourself to start your path out of homelessness
  • Learn about resources in the area through community referrals
  • Develop skills to move into an independent living situation

We will provide you with a case worker who will assist you with:

  • Goal Setting
  • Budgeting
  • Linkage to needed resources
  • Advocacy
  • Employment opportunities
  • Educational opportunities
  • Transportation needs
  • Weekly living skills
  • After care services
  • Reference to landlords

If you have children, we’ll help them too through:

  • Case management services
  • Physical, mental health, developmental, optical, dental, and medical needs support and referrals
  • Local school system liaison assistance
  • Parenting skills building and enhancement
  • Child care referrals
  • After-care services

To be accepted into the Hope House Transitional Shelter you must be:

  • A woman or a woman with children
  • Homeless (this includes living in an overcrowded situation, shelter, motel, vehicle, etc.)
  • Be willing to participate in the program
  • Pass a background check as histories of violent crimes would result in more appropriate referrals
  • Be willing to pay 35% of net income to Hope House (zero income, zero program fee)

For more information, reach out to our case manager, Cindy Obermyer, at 419.425.4673 or cobermyer@findlayhopehouse.org.

Independence Program

The Independence Program provides assistance to homeless individuals for 3 to 6 months depending on eligibility. Financial assistance for housing and case management services are given to participants giving them the assistance, tools, and confidence needed to obtain sustainable housing. Each participant, or participant household, will have a co-pay requirement for each month of financial assistance that will increase every month during enrollment.

It is the goal of the Independence Program to provide homeless individuals in Hancock County the assistance and direction needed to achieve sustainable housing.

Once accepted into the Independence Program, participants will work with a case manager to identify goals and develop a plan to better their situation. Hope House will pay a portion of the participant’s rent for the length of time that they are in the program. The amount of financial assistance will be based upon the family’s income. Case management services will be provide as well including:

  • Setting up a savings account
  • Learning about community resources
  • Budgeting
  • Goal setting
  • Employment opportunities
  • Educational opportunities
  • Transportation needs

To qualify for the Independence Program you must be:

  • Homeless (residing in a emergency shelter or in a place not meant for human habitation)
  • Collecting an income
  • Hancock County resident
  • Living below 30% of the Area Median Income
  • Over the age of 18
  • Willing to participate in the program

For more information, reach out to our case manager, Barb Faber, at 419.427.2848 or bfaber@findlayhopehouse.org.

Fair Housing Program

Fair Housing means that you have a right to choose where you can afford to live. Housing discrimination is illegal and both State and Federal laws prevent landlords from denying housing to any individual because of:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • National Origin
  • Ancestry
  • Military Status
  • Familial Status
  • Disabilities (physical, mental or emotional)

The law (Ohio Revised Code Section 41112.02) states that, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, or disability, it is unlawful to:

  • Refuse to rent, sell, finance, or insure housing accommodations or residential property
  • Set different terms, conditions, or privileges for sale or rental of a house or apartment
  • Deny housing to families with children
  • Say that accommodations are unavailable for inspection, sale, or rental when they are available
  • Refuse to consider without prejudice the combined income of spouses
  • Print, publish, or circulate and statement or advertisement which would indicate a preference or limitation
  • Manipulate by showing only apartments or homes in certain neighborhoods so as to create or maintain ethnically or racially segregated neighborhoods

Make immediate, detailed notes of your experience (date, time, place, names of agents or landlords, what you saw, what you were told, etc.) and call the Hope House Housing Office at (419) 427-2848 to receive information if it is a fair housing issue. Help us put an end to  housing discrimination by reporting unfair housing practices.

For more information, reach out to our case manager, Lisa Walker, at 419.427.2848 or lwalker@findlayhopehouse.org.

SSI/SSDI Program

The SSI/SSDI Specialist provides assistance applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Applying for SSI and SSDI is an arduous process sometimes taking years before an approval is granted. However our Specialist has the experience and necessary tools to help achieve approvals at an expedited rate. This allows qualifying individuals who are severely disabled and homeless or about to be homeless, to get the financial assistance they need quickly.

To date, the SSI Ohio Project via Hope House has generated over $2 million through approved claims!

The SSI Ohio Specialist helps collect all essential information and assists with obtaining appointments for mental health and medical services when necessary. Joining individuals with a payee to help manage monthly funds and linkage to vital community resources helpful in meeting individual and family needs are also a priority.

To qualify for this program you must be:

  • Age 18 or older
  • Homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless
  • Unable to work substantially because of a severe physical and/or mental illness lasting or expected to last 12 months or more

For more information, reach out to our case manager, Laurie Casati, at 419.427.2848 or lcasati@findlayhopehouse.org

Rapid Rehousing Program

The Rapid Rehousing Program provides assistance to those experiencing homelessness in Hancock County, with a goal of quickly transitioning individuals back into housing.

Financial assistance for housing and case management services are given to participants. Each participant, or participant household, will have a co-pay requirement while in the program. Monthly home visits with a case manager will be conducted during program enrollment.

In order to qualify you must be literally homeless (currently staying in a shelter, motel paid for by agency or church, camper or tent, vehicle or anyplace not meant for human habitation), 18 years of age or older, and a resident of Hancock County.

You are ineligible if you’re staying with family or friends, if you’ve already received assistance through the Homeless Prevention program or the Rapid Rehousing Program within the last 12 months, and hardship is not significantly different from the reason assistance was previously received.

For more information, reach out to our case manager, Becky Padron, at 419.427.2848 ext. 153 or bpadron@findlayhopehouse.org.

Getting Ahead Program

The Getting Ahead Program is a 14 week course that helps 10-15 individuals that equips people in generational poverty with the resources to do just that — get ahead.  This incentive process delves way beyond budgeting classes and goes into understanding how to create personal and community change so families are no longer “just getting by.”

Getting Ahead participants look at the mental and emotional models that are dominant in the culture of poverty and compare them to the so-called “common sense” that governs middle class and the workplaces, schools, churches and governments shaped under it.  Participants compare the rules of poverty, which they know well, with the rules of middle class, which often feel extremely foreign.

Participants set aggressive goals and action plans and look carefully at the common pitfalls and “backdoor attitudes” that may leave them short of these goals.

The program is held four times a year and  last for 14 weeks. Each week there is a 2.5 hour long class during the evenings. A meal is also provided at the beginning of the class and lasts for roughly 30 minutes.

For more information, reach out to Carol Steegman, Bridges Out of Poverty Coordinator, at 419.427.2848 or csteegman@findlayhopehouse.org.

Bridges Out of Poverty Training

Have you ever wondered “Why don’t they just get a job?” Have you ever said “They buy pop, candy, and junk food instead of food that’s good for them.” Do you ever look at the tattoos, nails being done, hair looks great and instantly wonder “How do they pay for that when they don’t pay their bills?” This training will touch on those questions, thoughts, and so much more.

The Bridges Out of Poverty Training is a 6 hour class that will dive directly into the world of those who are in poverty touching on many topics. Topics include the mental models of different classes, causes of poverty, hidden rules of economic classes, language barriers, and resources needed for success. This training is perfect for people who work with individuals in lower class or people looking to gain a deeper connection with their community. The Bridges Out of Poverty Training cost $25, lunch and beverages are provided.

Upcoming training dates include:

June 16, 2017
July 21, 2017*
November 10, 2017
*CEU Credits

Registration begins at 8:30 at The Family Center and training is from 9-3:30.

A $50 fee includes your workbook, lunch, and refreshments.

For more information, reach out to Carol Steegman, Bridges Out of Poverty Coordinator, at 419.427.2848 or csteegman@findlayhopehouse.org,