Hope Center Project
Affordable Housing for Homeless Adults
During annual “Point in Time” counts conducted in Prince William County, multiple homeless campsites were discovered in Prince William County, along with many more in the surrounding counties of Northern Virginia. Many of the people living in tents at these sites are often medically fragile, suffer from mental and emotional disorders, are undereducated. They lack the social and job skills necessary to cope in today’s society.
In Prince William County, shelter beds are severely inadequate to meet the needs of the homeless. On any given night, hundreds of people may be left to sleep in their cars, wander the streets, or to camp out in the woods. Furthermore, year-round, 24/7 emergency shelter is non-existent in Prince William County for homeless adults without children. Preference is almost always given at existing shelters to families with children, leaving homeless adults out in the cold. As a consequence, during the last ten years, dozens of homeless men and women have died prematurely due to the harsh, inhumane environment in which they were forced to live.
To meet these needs in a more holistic way, StreetLight is now looking for funds to build a Center of Hope, to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless adults who typically cannot receive admittance to existing shelters. The purpose of this center is to provide desperately needed permanent supportive housing with wrap-around supportive services and case management for homeless adults and families who cannot get into existing shelters in our area. Proposed services include:
- private efficiency apartments
- wrap-around supportive services
- case management support
- a community center to provide meals/social events
- life skills classes
- budgeting classes
- recovery programs
- job readiness program/temp agency on-site
- nurses station on-site
- food pantry and clothing closet
This model would offer a holistic approach, offering sanctuary, hope and a myriad of supportive services that would address homelessness at all levels under one roof.
StreetLight is looking for partners who will join together to raise awareness and financial support to make the Hope Center a reality. We are asking you to consider partnering with StreetLight to make this dream a reality.
The Board and staff at StreetLight are very excited and aware that building this center is an enormous step of faith financially. We believe and trust God that this is His vision and that He will provide the resources needed. We are also very grateful for your prayers and generous support. Please consider partnering with StreetLight to help build Hope Center.
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