To proactively address the oppressive impact of situational homelessness on women & children, Rev. Janet Collinsworth, Agape’s Founder & Executive Director, created Housing 4 Hope (H4H), a unique, holistic, faith-based program serving homeless women led families by providing safe, stable housing & transformation services to single women, moms & their kids in crisis or living at or below the poverty level in Collin County & zip codes within 5 miles of Agape’s office in East Plano.
PROBLEMS AGAPE SOLVES - Agape provides life changing solutions to the growing problems of homelessness & poverty that debilitate thousands of single women, moms & their kids in our area. Affordable housing is effectively non-existent in Collin County. There are no emergency shelters. Although Collin County communities are viewed as affluent, there are only about 350 shelter & agency beds, all chronically full. On average, over 4,000 people are being turned away EACH YEAR from housing agencies; 75% are single women head of households, most with children 10 years & under. Extended stay hotels serve as “homes” on school bus routes. In the last 7 years, PISD children on free/reduced lunch has MORE THAN DOUBLED (32% /17,000 in 1.2020 vs 14% /10,000 in 2010). PISD children identified as homeless has increased over 4 times (>400 in 1.2020 vs 115 in 2009).
WHAT AGAPE DOES - While safe, stable housing is a critical need, Agape believes it is only the first step in a long, hard journey to self-sufficiency. In addition to safe, stable housing, Agape provides childcare & transportation assistance, vocational counseling and scholarships towards higher income jobs, job placement assistance, trauma based group and individual counseling and therapy for moms and kids, compassionate, accountability based casework and the ways and means to achieve a future with hope not defined or limited by their past
Agape’s H4H program holistically provides solutions to the major barriers to economic and emotional stability, NOT a Band-Aid by addressing one or two of the debilitating problems. As supported by the Texas Women’s Foundation 2017 study, “Economic Issues for Women in Texas”, women head of house families, particularly those that are homeless, low to moderate income & / or domestic violence survivors, run into the same four debilitating roadblocks: housing, healthcare, childcare and earning capacity. In Collin County, we add transportation as a debilitating barrier. Agape’s holistic 4-Pronged Approach is proven to help homeless women led families overcome primary barriers to economic and emotional stability