H.O.P.E. Inc. breaks cycles of poverty by providing resources that economically disadvantaged, low-income single parents need to successfully obtain their college degrees. We eliminate barriers to education. We provide financial assistance for housing and childcare, counseling services, life-skills training, spiritual support, and financial literacy advisement. Our goal is to make positive impacts on the life trajectories of both the single parent and their children.
There is a direct correlation between education and income levels. Nationally, 1 in 8 college students are single parents and face daunting obstacles in their efforts to obtain a degree. Compared to married parents, single parents are more likely to have low-incomes and greater challenges in paying rent and childcare costs, forcing them to drop out of school.
We recognize this is a systemic problem that requires a holistic approach to solve. We provide emotional support through personal and life-skills counseling, boost personal savings through financial literacy programs, and address educational needs by offering childcare and rent assistance, thereby eliminating a barrier for attending classes. Our facilitators connect single-parents with community resources needed while enrolled in college and after they graduate. These steps break poverty cycles.
This project ensures single parents can attend college classes and graduate with a degree, pulling themselves and their children out of poverty. According to our 2019 graduate survey, 84% of our graduates increased their savings by 70% once they earned their degrees. 42% of our graduates have increased their post-degree income by 121% and improved their credit scores by an average of 75 points. 21% of our graduates own a home, while 5% are in the process of purchasing one.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).