Housing Opportunities and Personal Enrichment (HOPE), is a job development program that links vocational education and job skills training with job and housing placement. Residents are provided pre-employment skills training, resume development, job interview coaching, job readiness counseling, and access to local employers amenable to hiring the homeless. Through collaborations with Miami-Dade County Public Schools Adult Education Center and Lindsey Hopkins Technical Center, accredited courses in Culinary Arts, Custodian and Security Officer Unarmed are offered onsite, with offsite courses offered in Hospitality by FIU and Miami-Dade College. Average annual household income for a family of four participating in HOPE (1 adult/3 children) increases from $13,800 at intake to $47,520 upon outplacement, and includes an annual wage of $18,720 ($9 per hour, 11% over Florida's minimum wage of $8.05) and benefits accessed, placing the family at nearly 200% above the 2014 Federal Poverty Level.
Miami Hope Clinic
The Miami Hope Clinic serves at the forefront in Miami-Dade County in eliminating health and health care inequities for the homeless, annually serving 2,700 homeless adults (78% of the population served) and children (22%). Primary care services are delivered and managed by an Advance Registered Nurse Practitioner and address acute health problems; manage chronic conditions (diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, etc.); reduce risk through care planning; prevent diseases through immunizations; provide referrals to community-based clinics to facilitate care continuity upon outplacement into permanent housing; and divert the homeless from unnecessary use of the ER, providing a community cost savings of over $800,000 annually. The clinic operates under the premise that health concerns must be addressed to promote a homeless person's full participation in work force development, education, life skills training, etc., and serves as their medical home while residing at Chapman Partnership.
Mobile Dental Unit
In 2005, Chapman Partnership integrated oral health care delivered into its multi-dimensional overall health approach to serving the homeless through the operation of a Mobile Dental Unit (MDU). The MDU is 40' long, 8' wide with 8' ceilings, has two fully equipped operatories with commercial grade dental equipment as found in a typical dentist's office, and is staffed by one FT Dentist and two FT Dental Assistants.
On average the MDU serves 1,500 patients annually (25% children, 75% adults), transitioning between Chapman Partnership North and South every other week. New clients receive a comprehensive exam, cleaning (prophylaxis), and oral hygiene instruction. Additional units of service include, but are not limited to, X-rays, fillings, tooth extractions, veneers, and sealants. The MDU provides a community cost savings of nearly $235,000 annually in avoidable ER visits, due to the cost effective services provided in its community-based setting.
Family Resource Center
Chapman Partnership believes that its homeless assistance model most nurture the skills and abilities of both adults and children to ameliorate the cyclical nature of homelessness. The Family Resource Center (FRC) at Chapman Partnership North and South is a child-care initiative that serves 600 children annually (ages 5 to 17). Programming includes high-quality academic enrichment and afterschool tutoring, and summer camp, collectively offering parents and children a safe, nurturing environment; monthly birthday parties to honor each child; celebration of holidays, including a Valentines Day Ball, Easter Egg'stravaganza, and Halloween Spooktacular; and year-round family empowerment activities/workshops that contribute to the overall well-being of the family unit. The FRC is open 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday - Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday during the traditional school year, as well as 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on holidays, teacher workdays, and spring and summer recess.