What We Do
For children who experience homelessness, we solve the unique issues that prevent them from achieving their full potential.
PHA deploys a long-term, on-site intervention model for children and youth experiencing homelessness, who face obstacles that prevent them from accessing resources, being a kid, and achieving educational and life goals.
We work one-on-one with kids, placing full-time case managers on elementary, junior high, and high school campuses. Case managers identify homeless students and remove barriers to their basic needs (such as food, clothing, or transportation). As stable and trusted adult mentors, they also conduct regular check-ins to provide educational support and facilitate connections to needed resources. (Case management for post-high school youth is provided individually and is not tied to a school campus.)
OUR THEORY OF CHANGE
OUR MODEL: WHAT WE DO AND HOW WE'RE DIFFERENT
HOMELESS CHILDREN IN THE CONTEXT OF THEIR FAMILIES
Research shows homeless children often become homeless adults
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
LONG-TERM COMMITMENT (5-24)
ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES
FOCUS ON HOLISTIC NEEDS OF CHILD
ENDING THE CYCLE OF HOMELESSNESS
Eradicating barriers brought on by childhood homelessness
Equipping homeless children with tools to unlock their potential
Kindergarten to age 24
For youth who experience homelessness, Project Hope Alliance deploys a long-term, on-site intervention model that helps them access resources, enjoy being a kid, and achieve their educational and life goals.
Focus on Developmental Needs
Studies show that homeless youth without a high school diploma are 346% more likely to become homeless adults. That’s why the ultimate goal for our programs is that our youth graduate from high school and begin on a path toward financial self-sufficiency via higher education or stable employment. Staffed by experienced industry professionals, PHA understands that each developmental age group has specific needs that correlate to unique levels of support. For that reason, we split up our on-site case management models into elementary school, middle and high school, and post-high school youth. Each model has specific goals, progress markers, and enrichment activities. For instance, our elementary school case managers work on making sure their students are meeting grade-level standards in math and reading, whereas middle and high school case managers emphasize extracurricular activities and graduation readiness, and post-high school case managers create goals for professional development and financial literacy.