Amarillo City Council Votes to Bring Back HOPE Program

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The Amarillo City Council voted to bring back the HOPE program to help the city’s homeless population.

HOPE stands for Homeless Outreach Program of Encouragement.

The program began last year as a pilot program that aims to help those who are homeless get into a stable life and access support services.

The program this time will last seven months, from April 1 until Oct. 31,  and is funded through hurricane response funds.

“During the first six months of the program, 128 individuals participated in the program,” said Kevin Starbuck, Assistant City Manager. “124 of those individuals took advantage of referrals that were made as part of the case management aspects of the programs. 22 found permanent housing so are no longer homeless and moved off the streets, and 12 of the individuals actually had full-time employment by the end of the program.”

At the end of the seven months, the program will end due to those funds being exhausted.

At that time, the city will have to revisit the program and decide if it will continue.

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