There is a clear disconnect between the needs of low-income families and the availability of affordable housing in Montgomery County. To address this disconnect, Inter-Faith Housing Alliance has created a Supportive Housing Program at our Ambler property, Hope Forest.
In 2015, First Presbyterian Church of Ambler, a long-term partner and supporter of Inter-Faith, raised funds specifically for us to expand our housing options. Their $300,000 gift allowed us to buy Hope Forest, a twin home for two families transitioning to self-sufficiency.
The renovation of Hope Forest was made possible with the help of an army of volunteers from churches, synagogues, community groups, and area businesses. More than 200 volunteers — ably directed by general contractor Todd Smith, who donated his time and expertise — provided a total of 1,577 hours of assistance to gut and modernize the two apartments and improve the yard.
During the time families reside at Hope Forest, they continue to develop skills, resources, and relationships that will prevent future homelessness and foster economic independence.