Homes with Hope, incorporated on Dec. 5, 1983,  first opened in 1984 as a homeless shelter for single men in a Town of Westport owned building. It was a time when homeless individuals, mainly men, were showing up on the doorstep of area congregations looking for aid. Local religious organizations worked together to try to solve the problem and from that collaboration the Interfaith Housing Association was born.

The agency has grown significantly since 1984, when food and shelter for homeless people were offered in an abandoned firehouse. The agency realized that food and shelter alone were not enough to help people move from homelessness to self-reliance. In response, Homes with Hope expanded the support services and housing options available to our clients by providing the resources needed for them to be successful in their journey out of homelessness. Today, we fulfill our mission by offering a continuum of services that starts with feeding the hungry through our Community Kitchen and Food Pantry and includes: emergency shelters, permanent supportive housing, case management, pre-employment training and mentoring.

Westport Community Kitchen

January 1, 1982

Westport Community Kitchen

It all started here. Local volunteers, led by Do Bacharach and others, started feeding the individuals who were in town and homeless. From an early start, the Kitchen moved to the Save the Children offices. As most shelters have their main meal at noon, Save The Children offered their conference room, but only after business…

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Interfaith Housing Association

December 5, 1983

The Interfaith Housing Association of Westport and Weston, Inc. was chartered as a charitable organization under Connecticut law on December 5, 1983. On August 29, 1984 Interfaith Housing was granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. Since that time the agency has continued to develop what makes up the organization’s Continuum of Services.

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Linxweiler House

January 1, 1984

Linxweiler House

Mrs. Linxweiler bequeathed her Post Road home to the Town of Westport in 1981. In 1983, Interfaith Housing Association suggested using it as a half-way house for five single male recovering alcoholics. It was used for that purpose until 2007 when it was repurposed as an emergency shelter for two families. It remains part of…

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Men’s Shelter

December 25, 1984

Men’s Shelter

The men’s emergency shelter opened on Christmas Eve, 1984 with ten beds on the second floor of the Vigilant Firehouse.

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Gillespie Center

January 1, 1989

Gillespie Center

The men’s shelter was at the Vigilant Firehouse until the Spring of 1989 when it relocated across the river to an old maintenance shed owned by the Town of Westport. The new facility was named the Gillespie Center in honor of Jim Gillespie, IHA’s Board President who had been killed in a traffic accident while…

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Bacharach Community & Hoskins’ Place

January 1, 1993

Bacharach Community & Hoskins’ Place

In the early ‘90’s the Federal Government gave the Town of Westport a row of affordable housing units on Wassell Lane. Three of these were designated to provide shelter for families and IHA took over administration of what we named the Bacharach Community in honor of our early guiding light, Jim Bacharach. Shortly following this…

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WMI (Women’s Mentoring Initiative)

January 1, 1997

This program, founded as the Women’s Interfaith Network (WIN), was initiated to help the growing number of women in our programs. It continues to match mentors and mentees in informal, but very helpful arrangements. Interestingly, over the years, we hear of the assistance that the mentees receive from the program, but we also hear of…

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Powell Place

January 1, 1998

Powell Place

In 1998, we began the process of purchasing three multi-family residences to begin the program which has become the focal point of our mission: Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). With a Capital Campaign and support from HUD, we were able to purchase the eight units at 90-98 Saugatuck Avenue and begin to build our PSH inventory.

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PRIDE

January 1, 1999

Our jobs training program began with the inspiration of work being done around the country. PRIDE began as a three week program to help clients traverse successfully the interview process. It remains very helpful to those who take part in it, though it has become a more individualized instruction program, accommodating the individual needs of…

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Westport Rotary Centennial House

January 1, 2009

Westport Rotary Centennial House

Purchased in 2004, it took until 2009 to gain approvals for and rebuild this property at 10 West End Avenue into six beautiful units of Permanent Supportive Housing.

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Interfaith Housing Becomes Homes with Hope

July 1, 2009

In July 2009 Interfaith Housing Association announced it would be doing business as Homes with Hope. The organization changed its name to Homes with Hope to better reflect the fullness of our mission. We are the same organization, but believe the new name better communicates our focus on the permanent supportive housing goals of our…

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Fair Street Apartments, Norwalk

January 1, 2010

Fair Street Apartments, Norwalk

Homes with Hope clients occupy six apartments in the new development at 80 Fair Street, Norwalk. In a model partnership with the owners, New Neighborhoods, Inc., Homes with Hope has added five Permanent Supportive Housing apartments into the affordable housing complex. The five year history of the collaboration has proven to be a remarkable success.

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Pete Powell Retires

January 15, 2010

Peter R. Powell led the Interfaith Housing Association dba Homes with Hope for 22 years. During that time, he grew the agency from supporting the area’s homeless to an organization that has chosen the strategic mission of solving chronic homelessness in our communities through supportive housing.

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Jeff Wieser Becomes New President

March 30, 2010

Long-time Homes with Hope board member, Jeffrey N. Wieser, was selected to be the new President & CEO of Homes with Hope.

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Hales Court

December 1, 2011

Hales Court

Clients of Homes with Hope moved into ten apartments at the newly revitalized Hales Court development. This beautiful new development is a model of the close collaboration between the Westport Housing Authority and Homes with Hope.

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86 Saugatuck Avenue

June 1, 2012

86 Saugatuck Avenue

Home with Hope purchased the 3-bedroom house at 86 Saugatuck Avenue, a property that is contiguous to the existing Powell Place. This property brought the number of supportive housing apartments to 30 All of our tenants receive the same professional casework support provided by a case manager with a minimum of a Master’s in Social…

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Homes with Hope Celebrates 30th Birthday

December 5, 2013

Homes with Hope Celebrates 30th Birthday

Homes with Hope celebrates its 30th birthday. Saugatuck Apartments is renamed Powell Place.

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One Hayes Avenue

January 1, 2014

One Hayes Avenue

Homes with Hope expanded its Permanent Supportive Housing offerings with this, its first acquisition in Norwalk.  The two units will house one individual and one family.  

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