Homes with Hope is a Westport-based organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Fairfield County.
Homes with Hope maintains an IRS 501(c)(3) designation, EIN 22-2534326, and all contributions are tax-deductible.
Incorporated on December 5, 1983, Homes with Hope (formerly the Interfaith Housing Association) opened in 1984 as a homeless shelter for single men, occupying a retired firehouse owned by the Town of Westport. Local religious organizations worked together to create the Interfaith Housing Association in response to an increased number of homeless individuals, primarily men, who were turning to them for aid.
Homes with Hope has grown significantly since 1984 from an organization only providing food and shelter. As the need began to increase, we 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, our Continuum of Services includes: case management services; a food pantry and soup kitchen; emergency shelters for single adults and young women aged 18 to 24; supportive housing for the chronically homeless; mentoring; youth education and the life skills training needed to prevent homelessness from reoccurring.
Homes with Hope Expands Supportive Housing into Norwalk
January 1, 2014
Homes with Hope expanded its Supportive Housing offerings with this, its first acquisition in Norwalk. The two units house one individual and one family.
Homes with Hope Celebrates 30th Birthday
December 5, 2013
Homes with Hope celebrates its 30th birthday. Saugatuck Apartments is renamed Powell Place.
Powell Place Expands
June 1, 2012
Home with Hope purchased the 3-bedroom house contiguous to the existing Powell Place, increasing the number of supportive housing apartments to 30. All of our tenants receive the same professional casework support provided by a dedicated case manager with a minimum of a Master’s in Social Work degree.
December 1, 2011
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.
Jeff Wieser Becomes New President
March 30, 2010
Long-time Homes with Hope board member, Jeffrey Wieser, was selected to be the new President & CEO of Homes with Hope.
Pete Powell Retires
January 15, 2010
Peter R. Powell led Homes with Hope (FKA the Interfaith Housing Association) 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.
Supportive Housing Expands into Norwalk
January 1, 2010
Homes with Hope clients occupy six apartments in a new apartment development in Norwalk. In a model partnership with the owners, New Neighborhoods, Inc., Homes with Hope has added five Supportive Housing apartments into the affordable housing complex. The five year history of the collaboration has proven to be a remarkable success.
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 mission and the hope that independent living can provide. In January 2011 the CT Secretary of State accepted Homes with Hope, Inc. as the agency’s legal name as did the IRS in March 2011. Our EIN number remains the same only the name has been changed.
Westport Rotary Centennial House
January 1, 2009
Purchased in 2004, it took until 2009 to gain approvals for and rebuild this property into six beautiful units of Supportive Housing.
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 our clients.
January 1, 1998
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: Supportive Housing. With a Capital Campaign and support from HUD, we were able to purchase the eight units on Saugatuck Avenue and begin to build our supportive housing inventory.
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 the inspiration our mentors receive from hearing the life stories of our clients.
Bacharach Community & Hoskins’ Place
January 1, 1993
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 enhancement to our program, we reconfigured the Gillespie Center to include an emergency shelter for four single women in a portion of the building. We named this facility Hoskins Place, in honor of Ted Hoskins, the Saugatuck Congregational Church Pastor, who was so responsible for the founding of IHA.
January 1, 1989
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 vacationing in France.
December 25, 1984
The men’s emergency shelter opened on Christmas Eve, 1984 with ten beds on the second floor of the Vigilant Firehouse.
January 1, 1984
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 the Bacharach Community serving single mothers and their children.
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.
Westport Community Kitchen
January 1, 1982
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 hours, so the Community Kitchen offered their meal at 5 pm. To this day, hundreds of volunteers, including Do Bacharach, serve a meal at Gillespie Center every day, at 5 pm.