What is the 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.
How will I be helped?
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
- Goal setting
- Employment opportunities
- Educational opportunities
- Transportation needs
Is the Independence Program for me?
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