“I don’t think this neighborhood would be the same if there’s no Hope Community here. …it was shocking for me, you know, why build it for this neighborhood the way it is, but I start trusting them when build the second building and the third building and the things are changing. I said then, I can show you now and that is the reason I am here right now. Hope is giving us everything, tools we need, this neighborhood to be safe. They are pushing day after day.”
A 1920s building with a new face.
The Dundry House
In early 2002, Hope Community purchased the Dundry House, a 1920’s apartment building that provides convenient and affordable housing for very low-income single people, just as it did over 80 years ago. The Dundry House is located at 5th Avenue and 19th Street, on and adjacent to the Hope Block and just one block north of Hope Community’s headquarters at Portland and Franklin. It was completely renovated in 2005-2008.
With eighteen efficiency and seven one bedroom units, the Dundry House is an important part of Hope’s mission to ensure that current residents of the area have an opportunity to stay and succeed in the newly revitalized neighborhood. The Dundry offers critical, stable and affordable housing for long-term homeless individuals and couples.
Through a partnership with Cabrini Partnership, a nonprofit organization serving adults who have been homeless and are diagnosed with a mental illness and/or drug dependency, tenants receive the support they need to move toward stability. The full-time case manager at the Dundry refers to the Dundry as a home for “second chances” – a home that gives people the opportunity “to stay in one place long enough to take a breath and do what they need to do to have dignity and health.”