The Hope Village exists to bridge the gap between the streets and stable housing by creating and operating transformational housing communities in partnership with people experiencing homelessness. We embody housing that centers human dignity and the empowerment of marginalized voices and we are working towards solutions that are affordable, sustainable, and community-oriented.
The Hope Buss was selected as the operating manager of the Safe Outdoor Space (The Hope Village), a pilot project where individuals experiencing homelessness can live temporarily outdoors with access to food, shelter, showers and outreach services. The Hope Village, is located at 212 East College Street.
"The Hope Buss is a perfect match for this role," said Dr. Susan Buchino, Director of the Homeless Services Division. "Their team is well-equipped and has a vision for the SOS that centers the safety and well-being of the residents and the neighborhood, while focusing on delivering effective and efficient services that engage residents in creating a stability plan. I am excited to partner with them for this initiative."
Powered by The Hope Buss, the Hope Village works to establish an environment that acknowledges the distinctiveness and individuality of each resident, where she/he is called by their preferred name.
Project staff accept each person wherever they are in their life journey. We seek not to fix residents but rather to provide a safe haven for them. Working with other grassroots organizations, the Hope Village uses innovative approaches to find new paths to healing.
We are committed to the following principles:
Our meals are 100% prepared by the community- whether that's a restaurant, group, or individual. If you or your organization/business are interested in partnering with the Hope Village by cooking a meal for our residents, please complete this form and we will get you plugged in.
We are looking for individuals and groups to mentor our Village residents. If you are interested in this opportunity to walk alongside our residents, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back with you.
Here's how your donation impacts our work at the Hope Village:
$15 covers the cost of a haircut for a Village resident.
$20 provides one resident with a Hope Village ID card.
$40 provides a regular bus pass for one resident for one month.
$50 covers the cost of a welcome kit for one resident.
$50 will purchase one bike and lock.
$55 covers the cost of a TARC smart card (unlimited rides) for one resident for the month.
$500 covers the cost of one tent.
$1,000 will cover the cost of a community activity for our Village residents.