Following is a letter from a client who received assistance from HARCATUS Tri-County Community Action (Harrison, Carroll and Tuscarawas Counties) through the HOPE program. HOPE stands for Housing, Opportunities, Partnerships and Empowerment. As the name indicates, the program was designed to provide hope for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing them with the opportunities, partnerships and empowerment needed to combat homelessness. This included comprehensive case management services that provided counseling, assistance with budgeting, financial literacy, job search assistance, education regarding how to be a good tenant, household management and other skills, and access to other resources, such as utility assistance. The program is now available through the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP).
For more information about Community Action programs in your area, visit www.oacaa.org. Note, not all Community Action Agencies offer these programs.