The idea of Housing for New Hope grow from the experiences of founder and executive director Terry Allebaugh directing the Community Shelter for H.O.P.E., an emergency shelter for the homeless, from 1988-92. (This shelter is now a part of the Urban Ministries of Durham.) Many men would exit the shelter for other housing but would often soon return because they lacked the necessary support, services, and affordable housing options to make their transition lasting. The Phoenix House, a transitional housing facility for single homeless men, opens to respond to the need for next-step type programming. Housing for New Hope is established to govern the Phoenix House and work on other transitional and permanent housing for the homeless.

The Dove House opens, offering transitional housing and a structured program of support for single homeless women.

Housing for New Hope sees a lack of affordable permanent housing available for men and women completing the transitional housing programs. Housing for New Hope partners with a for-profit and a nonprofit developer to develop and operate Sherwood Park Apartments, a 70-unit complex that includes twenty units for homeless people.

Presbyterian Urban Ministry merges into Housing for New Hope. For twenty-plus previous years, PUM provided financial and emotional support to poor families with children, disabled adults, and seniors, who were in danger of losing their housing. As the long-time director, Mary Banner leaves to meet some family needs, and the ministry needs some framework to continue its valuable work, Housing for New Hope brings the program into its fold. Housing for New Hope sees the emergency assistance provided through the ministry as part of homeless prevention work, and an important component in a comprehensive community response.

Housing for New Hope begins contracting with the Durham Center to operate the PATH (Projects Assisting Transitions from Homelessness) program. The PATH team outreach and engage the chronically homeless with mental illness living mostly unsheltered in Durham in order to bring them into ongoing services and housing.

New Directions for Downtown, a nonprofit housing development organization, merges into Housing for New Hope. Long-time founder and director, Jack Preiss, retires, and serves as a consultant to guide Housing for New Hope to become a developer of permanent supportive housing for homeless people with a disabling condition. Housing for New Hope assumes ownership of Andover Apartments, which provides permanent affordable housing for ten homeless persons.

Ten more units are completed at Andover Apartments.

The State of North Carolina initiates a pilot project for three housing support teams around the state to re-house the chronically homeless. Housing for New Hope is selected to operate one of the teams and the Housing Support Team begins serving homeless people who are high-end users of publicly funded systems. The Team utilizes a Housing First/Housing Plus model to meet the challenges of serving a group that often comprises around 10 percent of the homeless population but utilizes 50 percent of the total public dollars spent on the homeless.

At the request of Orange/Person/Chatham (OPC) Area Program and the Inter-Faith Council for Social Services, Housing for New Hope expands its PATH outreach and engagement program to Orange County.

With support from the Mental Health Trust fund, Housing for New Hope expands its Housing Support Team into Orange County.

With seed funding from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, Housing for New Hope establishes a Community Support Team to meet the ongoing psychiatric and clinical needs of the chronically homeless. With additional support from the Durham Center, the Team evolves into the Assertive Engagement Team serving the uninsured homeless with mental illness.

The Re-Housing Team (formerly the Housing Support Team) receives three-year funding through the Economic Recovery Act to assist homeless families and individuals in Durham and Orange Counties to obtain and maintain a home. The program is a partnership with Durham and Orange Departments of Social Services, Urban Ministries of Durham, and Inter-Faith Council for Social Services.

Williams Square Apartments open, providing twenty-four units of permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals with a disabling condition. The site also houses a 2,500 square foot community center where ongoing services and activities for the tenants are provided.

Housing for New Hope obtains funding support from the City of Durham and Self-Help to develop and operate ten units of workforce housing in northwest Durham. Cole Mill Place Apartments is scheduled to be completed in the summer 2011.

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