Amarillo, TX – The City of Amarillo’s Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement (HOPE) program is set to begin May 1, 2017. HOPE seeks to create an innovative, proactive approach to connect Amarillo’s homeless population to the community’s support services as part of the City’s on-going commitment to move this population from crisis to stability and beyond.
Amarillo City Council approved the program last year as an opportunity to improve outreach to the homeless population and enhance the connection to social services available in the Amarillo area. The City has partnered with Amarillo Housing First (AHF) which will now conduct a temporary work program that is designed to connect those in need with the support services available in the community.
“AHF is uniquely situated to succeed because of our emphasis on case management to assist chronically homeless individuals to obtain and maintain permanent housing,” says AHF Executive Director Chris Seright. “AHF’s case managers strive to utilize, rather than duplicate, existing resources and will use their already strong working relationships with other agencies to fulfill the HOPE program’s goals.”
This is a pilot program where community clean-up activities will be offered to homeless persons at least twice a week for approximately six hours per day. During the work day, the participant will receive a meal and will interact with case managers to complete a coordinated assessment, identifying the participant’s needs. Case managers will then coordinate with community support service agencies to connect the participant with appropriate assistance.
For more information regarding the City’s HOPE program, please visit www.amarillo.gov. For more information regarding AHF, please contact the agency at (806) 414-2243.