Hope village

H.O.P.E. Village is a residential housing program that offers a full spectrum of supportive services to homeless women and women with children.  We provide stable housing while these families work on becoming self-sufficient. Since opening, H.O.P.E Village graduated over 150 households into permanent housing.

The residential style community features seven single family homes and one administration office. H.O.P.E Village proudly celebrated their 9th anniversary in 2018.

The focus of this transitional housing program is to remove the barriers to self-sufficiency. Programs and services are flexible, and can be individualized and tailored to the needs of each woman and her family. Life skills, employment and education are the primary focus of an intense, weekly support program for each resident that will aid them in transitioning from homelessness to independent living.

Since 2009, H.O.P.E Village has served 167 women and 84 children. In the last year, we have assisted 20 women with continuing their education through trade school and college courses, and we strive to maintain 100% employment for the women in the program.

How to be considered for the program:

Program participants are referred through the Norfolk Homeless Action and Response Team (HART) at 757-587-4202. HART serves as the single point of contact for homeless families and individuals in Norfolk.

How to help:

Mentoring a woman in H.O.P.E Village can be a rewarding experience for the mentor and mentee. You can share your talent by coming in to assist or teach one of the on-site education classes.

  • Join Stairway of Hope to provide continuous funding for H.O.P.E. Village,
  • Share your knowledge and talent by conducting an on-site education class for the women,
  • Host a “housewarming” collection drive for women as they move to permanent housing,
  • Volunteer to mentor.