Since fall 2013, Hope House has been making a big difference in the lives of Portland’s immigrant community. Located in the heart of the Parkside neighborhood, Hope House is Maine’s only housing program focused on meeting the unique needs of asylum seekers. Thirteen residents at a time live in community until they are able to obtain employment and independent housing. Hope House strives to be a place where residents feel the warm embrace of hospitality, hope, and healing that is central to Hope Acts’ mission.
In addition to providing a safe residential environment, the Hope House program offers support, programming, and referrals to residents focusing on four key areas: English language acquisition and practice, legal support toward their asylum case, work authorization and securing employment, and making mutually beneficial social connections with Americans and fellow immigrants in Maine.
> Hope House on Maine Things Considered (Maine NPR) (01.21.14)
> “Partners in Hope,” Portland Press Herald (09.30.13)
> “Hope House a Launching Pad for Immigrants in Portland,” Portland Press Herald (02.26.14)
> “Reverse of the brain drain’: Portland area aids, benefits from refugees, asylum seekers, The Forecaster (02.26.14)
> Hope House Program
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