Human Services

Project Hope Alliance

Ending the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time.

aka Project Hope Alliance

Costa Mesa, CA

Mission

Project Hope Alliance's mission is to end the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. We provide children and youth intensive support through education that meets their individual academic and psychosocial needs, and rapidly re-house their working poor families into safe, stable, and permanent homes. Our motto is "children first," and by providing wraparound support for the child, we can break the cycle of homelessness for future generations.

Ruling Year

2003

CEO

Jennifer Friend

Main Address

1954 Placentia Avenue Suite 202

Costa Mesa, CA 92627 USA

Keywords

Education, homelessness, youth, housing, assistance, project hope, project hope school, project hope alliance, family stability, motel, homeless, children, rapid rehousing, rehousing, blended learning, STEAM, STEM, school, motel kids, motel

EIN

75-3099628

 Number

3270834626

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Child homelessness is a significant issue in Orange County and throughout the country. It is often a hidden societal issue because it "looks" different than the homelessness most people see on the streets. The McKinney-Vento Act defines "homeless children and youth" as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. On a national level, there has been a significant increase in the number of homeless children in the last 10 years. In Orange County, there are more than 28,000 homeless school-aged children. During a 10-year period from 1994 to 2014, the number of students encountering homelessness in Orange County skyrocketed 236%. The vast majority (90%) are doubled or tripled-up with others due to economic hardship. They are also staying in motels, shelters, cars, or public spaces. Lack of stable, secure housing negatively affects a homeless child's performance in school, their health, their self-confidence, and their emotional and behavioral health.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Family Stability Program

Bright Start Program

Promotor Pathway Program

Soaring To Success

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hours Spent Mentoring Bright Start Children

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Bright Start Program

Context notes

Since the initial launch of the Bright Start Program in October 2015 until the end of April 2017.

Number Of Mentoring Sessions With Children

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Bright Start Program

Context notes

Since the initial launch of the Bright Start Program in October 2015 until the end of April 2017.

Number Of Individuals Served Through Our Family Stability Program

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families

Related program

Family Stability Program

Context notes

2016 total reflects our 2017 fiscal year numbers. Since 2012, we have moved more than 850 children and their parents out of homelessness and into safe, stable, permanent homes.

Percent Of Parents Who Feel That The Bright Start Program Has Contributed To Academic Gains For Their Children

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Bright Start Program

Context notes

Children in the Bright Start Program advanced 3/4 of a school year in english and almost a full school year in math and science.

Percent Of Parents Who Affirm That The Bright Start Program Has Contributed To Social & Emotional Growth For Their Children

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Bright Start Program

Context notes

100% of parents would recommend the Bright Start Program to another parent/family at Project Hope Alliance.

Percent Of Families Moved Out Of Homelessness Who Achieved Both Financial Stability & Stable Housing

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families

Related program

Family Stability Program

Context notes

2016 total reflects our 2017 fiscal year numbers.

Average Cost To House A Family

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families

Related program

Family Stability Program

Context notes

2016 total reflects our 2017 fiscal year numbers. This amount includes security deposit and first month's rent.

Number Of Minutes Spent Mentoring A Promotor Pathway Program Student

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

Promotor Pathway Program

Context notes

From the launch of our Promotor Pathway Program in January 2016, case managers have spent approximately 24,202 minutes in session with students.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Project Hope Alliance is a purpose-driven organization with twin goals: lifting needful families up from homelessness and eliminating obstacles that prevent homeless children from attending and excelling in school. Youth desperately need access to education if they are to avoid homelessness as adults. We are committed to providing homeless children and youth from kindergarten through age 24 with the tools and opportunities that they need to learn their way to a better tomorrow. In this work, we have spent the last 28 years developing unique and effective education and family stability program models that serve the needs of homeless children in Orange County.

Project Hope Alliance has 3 main programs to achieve our goals—our Family Stability Program, Bright Start Program/Soaring to Success Program, and Promotor Pathway Program. Our programing development and implementation is based upon the premise that the futures of homeless children should not be limited by their parents' economic circumstances. Strategically, we utilize education, transportation, after-school care, rapid re-housing, personal enrichment, and "play" opportunities to provide a foundation for healthy development and growth. We are eliminating the barriers—including homelessness itself—to academic success and cognitive development created by the circumstances of childhood homelessness, and strengthening families.

As one of the only Orange County nonprofits operating under the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness and one of very few homeless service providers that are entirely privately funded, Project Hope Alliance is unique in our focus on supporting the holistic development of homeless children and youth. We work collaboratively within our programs and with partners in the community to deliver on this model and walk alongside the children and families we support to end the cycle of homelessness. In addition, we are involved in advocacy for homeless children at a local, regional, and national level. We have a bold vision and commitment to deepening and growing impact. We know where we are headed and what we need to do to get there. With community support and investment and partnership of other organizations, we can deliver on our Strategic Plan and be the solution in Orange County and a model for the nation in ending the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. We have experienced exponential growth over the last 5 years, with revenue keeping pace with expenses. While we are proud of the growth we have already accomplished, we also recognize that we need to build capacity and put more systems and structure in place to position our organization for the future.

Family Stability Program: Services provided through our programs are documented and outcomes tracked through the county-wide Homeless Management Information System, (HMIS). Our case managers monitor the progress of program participants during monthly meetings, which is documented in case management reports. Case managers utilize the Salesforce software system (deemed the number 1 in CRM and analytics), allowing measurement and program efficacy insight from intake to services to outcome.

Education Program: Direct measures of progress begin with our MSW PPSC Case Managers who meet and guide our families and work in partnership with the Orange County Department of Education in 3 meaningful categories: 1) Teachers 2) Principles 3) McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaisons. Our statistical Education outcomes are tracked through the county-wide Homeless Management Information System and our Salesforce Outcome Tracker that tracks and reports children's school attendance, academic progress, and emotional health.

In the aim to end generational homelessness, we have partnered with researchers at University of California, Irvine (UCI), to design a one-of-a kind assessment that tracks academic and quality-of-life markers of Orange County homeless students, with hopes to glean insight as to why some excel while others fail.

Project Hope Alliance was formed in 1989 to support the transportation needs of homeless children attending the Project HOPE School (now Skyview Elementary). The project grew out of a school teacher's passion for assisting local homeless children with their education—with her car serving as the first classroom. This personal outreach program soon became an organized undertaking called Project HOPE, which stood for "Homeless Outreach Program in Education." It grew to become a county-run school designed to help children without permanent homes transition into the mainstream educational system. The First Presbyterian Church of Orange also served as a key partner of the program for 20+ years, providing the facilities and many other invaluable operational services to the school. Under the leadership of current CEO Jennifer Friend since 2012, we have grown from serving 1 school with less than 65 children to supporting more than 400 children attending 91 different schools in 31 cities throughout Orange County. Since 2012, we have moved more than 850 children and parents out of homelessness. For the next 3-5 years, our strategic focus is to deepen and grow our impact in Orange County while simultaneously building a model for the nation in ending the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. To execute, we will leverage our strong team, commitment to mission and values, and the power of a shared direction. This shared vision focuses our efforts on 3 things: serving more children and youth in Orange County, deepening our programs/impact, and building a model through systems development and visibility/advocacy work. It also prepares our organization for future growth and development. Our Strategic Plan includes 6 strategic initiatives that will guide our work in the first year of implementation.

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Financials

Project Hope Alliance

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable