Housing is healthcare —
The problem — lack of housing
The average life expectancy in the U.S. is 80 years old, yet only 60 for someone experiencing homelessness.
Twenty-five percent of Northern Nevada HOPES current patient population is experiencing homelessness and every day HOPES case managers struggle to find adequate housing for them. That’s thousands of Nevadans whose health outcomes and life expectancy are compromised due to shelter insecurity.
HOPES has a history of taking on big problems — from HIV/AIDS care and opioid addiction treatment to access to behavioral health care. When we identify a problem impacting the health of our community, we tackle it with passion, creativity and commitment.
WHY DOES HOUSING MATTER TO HEALTH?
In her presentation to the Nevada State Legislature, HOPES Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Natalie Vogel, explains the connection between stable housing and health.
ONE SOLUTION — HOPE SPRINGS
With our community’s generous support, we have built Northern Nevada’s first bridge-housing community — Hope Springs. Located at 1920 E 4th St near downtown Reno, Hope Springs fills a hole in the Northern Nevada housing continuum, providing safe, dignified housing for the most disenfranchised members of our community.
30 individual sleeping units surround a central 3,200 sq ft facility with restrooms, showers, laundry, a kitchen, and community space. Residents will be connected to our life-saving care and life-changing services through the HOPES clinic. And very unique to Hope Springs, the facility accepts residents with dogs, has a dog park built into the campus (shown above), and provides access to veterinary and training services.
We’re grateful for the tremendous support we’ve received for Hope Springs. The organizations and individuals who have invested in this innovative project, and those who continue to do so, are ensuring that we can help our houseless neighbors overcome, heal and grow.
HOMELESSNESS BY THE NUMBERS
“I owe an immense debt of gratitude to the staff at HOPES, from the janitor on up, I’ve been treated with nothing but kindness and respect. The staff at HOPES have given me my life back.”
– STEVE “POPS” POPOVICH
“I’m not sure how other people who are or were homeless feel, but thinking someone cared about me while I was homeless did not ever enter my mind. I felt very alone and that no one cared. I no longer feel this way and I am very happy and grateful today. I owe my happiness and my not being homeless to HOPES.”
— Daniel, HOPES client
“I finally have a little bit of pride right now from being able to take a shower in the morning and people looking at me in the eye while I’m talking. That makes all the difference, right here in my heart. I am in transition, so it means I will be in a permanent apartment and I will be able to carry on and call it home, instead of just a motel. That is something to look forward to, and a realistic goal to work towards. That means everything to me.”
— Wendy, HOPES client
“I literally had nowhere to go. It’s cold outside, and this world is sad these days. And for help to be there and available without judgment is huge. HOPES made me feel like I’m still a human, I’m still a mother and I’m not a failure.”
— Theresa, HOPES client
A community effort
Everyone deserves a safe and stable place to sleep. Generous donations got Hope Springs built and ongoing donations will help us continue to provide that safe place for our community members in need.
Annual operating costs are estimated at $430,000, but there is no limit to the positive impact Hope Springs can make.