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Learn more: HOPE for Stable Families

Through partnerships with a number of human service agencies and organizations, we have the opportunity to manage targeted programs that have specific, measurable goals. HOPE for Stable Families is one of those programs.  Through funding provided by United Way of Central Iowa and the Siemer Institute, the Stable Families program assists families experiencing a housing crisis because of temporary financial issues. 

Before we talk about the specifics of the program, it is important to understand the fundamentals of why we work so hard to make sure families have access to good, affordable housing.  Safe, secure housing is the foundation for low-income families to build upon. Safe, secure and good housing means the families have their own space – not sharing an apartment with extended family members or sleeping on couches in a friend’s home.  Data shows if a family has housing, along with supportive services, they can grow and prosper, children do better in school, and parents bring in more income.

That’s why programs like HOPE for Stable Families exist.  It is for families who have experienced a financial bump in the road – a loss of a job, an illness, a large unexpected expense. Whatever happened, it takes a family that was doing okay before and creates a crisis.  With the tightening rental market and the low number of family emergency shelter beds in Polk County, this program offers a solution to help families retain their housing, avoid eviction and prevents them from becoming homeless. To do this, HOME, Inc. provides a combination of integrated services including case management, emergency and short-term financial assistance, and referrals to partner agencies in order to ensure school and housing stability for the family.

Families participating in the program are identified by partner agencies and landlords. Qualified families are:
Typically no more than two months behind financially.
Capable of stabilizing their finances, which includes having an income.
Willing to work on a budget and set financial goals.
Within the boundaries of the Des Moines Public Schools and have school aged children.
In the program for no more than one year.
Maintain contact with their case manager.

In six years, Stable Families has supported 215 families, including 496 children. The average financial assistance provided to a family is $2,500.  In the last fiscal year, of the families who participate in the program 100% have developed and maintained a budget. But, more impressively, a majority of the participants have also improved their financial health and 94% retained their housing.  
HOPE for Stable Families is just one way we help create housing opportunities.  If you have questions, contact our case manager at 515.243.1277 ext. 222

Meet our intern, Amanda!

Hello! My name is Amanda Smith and I am currently interning at HOME, Inc.! 

I attend Drake University as a Magazine Media, Digital Media Productions, and Graphic Design major! I am involved in multiple things on campus. I’m in Kappa Kappa Gamma, Student Activities Board, a St. Kate’s bible study participant, and most importantly, an Engaged Citizen Corps member! What is that you may ask? Drake University teamed up with AmeriCorps, a service providing organization, to give a couple students the opportunity to change the community. 

Growing up, I was always involved with community service. I’d work at food pantries, food drives, visit nursing homes, etc. So this program immediately drew my attention! After getting into this program through an application, each member gets paired up with a local non-profit, mine being HOME, Inc.! Throughout the year, each member is required to dedicate 300 service hours to their specific organization.

I am so blessed to have been paired up with HOME, Inc.! So far, I have had an amazing experience. Being a journalism major, I have really been able to grow within my field. I operate HOME Inc.’s social media pages and help out my supervisor, Kourtney, wherever she needs me! That being, we just had our Hunt for Housing event and so I crafted the scavenger hunt which was a huge success! I also type up success stories and blogs. I tend to just help out Kourtney with the market aspect to HOME, Inc., which has been an absolute joy! 

When initially getting paired up with different organizations, what drew me to HOME, Inc., was how much help they needed with marketing. It was like perfect fit. When doing acts of service, it’s important to be able to benefit from the service as well as benefit the community. Reciprocal growth is vital to developmental success. 

Another factor I was drawn to was the fact that HOME, Inc., deals with affordable housing. I grew up watching shows like Extreme Home Makeover and my dad actually helped out a bunch at Habitat for Humanity. So never hearing about HOME Inc., made me really want to try and help to change that. HOME Inc., has done some pretty amazing things within Des Moines and I am doing everything I can to get the company out there!

Hunt for Housing 2019

Seeing West End Salvage packed with so many people was definitely a moment HOME, Inc. will remember forever. HOME, Inc. is so excited to be able to help so many people find a place to call home. But that is not all we are happy about around here. We are thrilled to announce, HOME, Inc.’s Hunt for Housing is going to be an annual event! 

With live music, delicious food, and an adventurous scavenger hunt, we hope you enjoyed learning more about the work we do!

We also wanted to take the time to thank you for your patience through the Handbid process. That was our first time using the platform, too! But we were so lucky to have such a big turnout! We couldn’t have done it without our generous sponsors—especially Wells Fargo, Meredith Corporation, and West End Salvage! Thank you so much!

It was so great to see all of the support and witness the positive feedback on the work we do! For a while now, we’ve worked on raising more awareness in the community. This event helped us accomplish just that. And knowing this was our first year throwing this specific event, it is certainly reassuring thinking about how much of a success the night was. 

Not to mention, we are also super pumped about the partnership with Firetrucker Brewery! We are looking forward to seeing what the future holds and witness the number of lives that will change.

The outcome was astonishing in terms of donations! We raised over $62,000! Thank you to all the donors and ticket buyers! We had almost 200 people attend and we’re so beyond thankful to have this big of a crowd participate! 

If you are interested in being a part of the planning committee, please contact Kourtney Kirkpatrick at:
515-243-1277 ext. 212


A Downsizing Success

Back in 2010, Robert and Kaylinn Murphy bought their home. By utilizing HOME, Inc’s program, they received grants that covered 28% of the cost of the house! In the time that you are utilizing our aid, we also provide education about home buying as well as counseling services to ensure a smooth homebuying process.

In the time between when HOME Inc. bought the home and when Robert and Kaylinn bought it from HOME, Inc., the assessed value of the house increased by 3.5%. In the past 9 years since they bought it, the assessed value has increased by 1.6%. 

The Murphy’s are both retired and love the minimum amount of work that is required on the house. Most other houses in their price range require a lot of fixing up. There is only one level of the house as well so they don’t have to worry about stairs. The neighborhood and land were also perfect for their needs. 

They love the country feel, but are still very close to everything they could need. They are able to get to work out in the garden and yet, have plenty of space for their dogs to run.

“We are very grateful and thankful [for HOME Inc.]” 

And we are so happy to have been able to help them!