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Our Impact

Since 1999, HOCP has been helping families, children, seniors, and persons with disabilities move closer to their vision of success. HOCP and HOC coordinate effective programs that have helped thousands attain housing stability, increase their self-sufficiency, and, ultimately, to break the cycle of poverty. 


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Youth Enrichment Series (YES) - $200,000 per year - serving 150 youth (grades 3-5) 

ThumbnailsLow-income students need access and exposure to out-of-the-classroom educational programs and services that nurture their successful development into adulthood. These programs are key elements to ending the cycle of intergenerational poverty and promoting education, career development, and citizenship.

In a “club” setting, professional educators conduct structured activities on various topics such as STEM enrichment, robotics, biology and chemistry experiments, social emotional learning activities, problem solving and anger management, food and nutrition, international cultural arts and health/wellness.

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Small Business Development Programs - $175,000 per year - serving 50 adults

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Our small business development programs provide intensive small business training courses, instruction/mentoring in certifications/legalizations and small business accelerator programs.

By offering a full spectrum of training and mentoring, our small business development programs guide HOC residents from the initial business concept through contracting. Curriculum is customized for each participant, while teaching critical business skills, business plan development, legal requirements, marketing and contracting. Upon completion, participants are able to bid for contracted work at HOC sites and take advantage of Section 3 opportunities and other methods that prioritize resident employment.

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Adult Education Tuition Assistance - $50,000 per year - serving 50 adults  

4ThumbnailsHOCP and HOC work together to provide tuition assistance to low-income adults pursuing degree and vocational training programs, to help them obtain livable wages and eventually leave affordable housing programs.

Participants regularly attend coaching sessions, which help them create and follow an education/career plan and which give them the skills to attain and retain employment. After various federal and local forms of academic assistance are exhausted participants receive tuition assistance up to 80% of the costs. This assistance may be used toward tuition, fees, books, supplies, etc. in pursuit of a degree and/or vocational certification. In turn, participants are responsible for 20% of their educational costs.
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Tony Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund - $25,000 per year - serving 5 HS graduates

3ThumbnailsThe Tony S. Davis Memorial Scholarship honors students who have achieved academic excellence, acted as leaders in extracurricular activities, and completed numerous hours of student service learning dedicated to our community. Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors planning to attend a four-year college or university and whose parents/guardian(s) are current HOC customers.

Selected students receive a monetary scholarship to use toward tuition or other academic expenses. Some of our scholarship recipients have attended Morehouse College, the University of Maryland, The Juilliard School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Towson University, Harvard University, Morgan State University and other highly regarded schools.
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HOCP Now & Over the Years

As the non-profit affiliate of the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC), HOCP is uniquely positioned to help provide programming based on the real needs of HOCfamilies. Thanks to competitive grant awards and donations, HOCP has developed programs that leave lasting impacts.

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5Thumbnails• Since 2015, approximately 1,200 youth attended exciting summer day camps and after-school programs in robotics, engineering, chess, cultural arts, and other engaging STEM activities. 
• HOCP and HOC coordinate the annual Back-To-School Supply Drive, which for more than 20 years provided essential school supplies to tens of thousands of low-income youth. 
• Hundreds of low-income adults received tuition assistance and other workforce development related services and supports.  
• Approximately 100 adults completed the 10-week Small Business Strategy Course, which taught them every main aspect of small business operation – from registration and certifications to marketing and inventory. 

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6Thumbnails• Over the years, HOCP has helped approximately 400 low-income families meet their move-in costs as they transitioned out of homelessness and into stable permanent housing.
• For several years, HOCP provided after school homework assistance and professional tutoring to more than 250 HOC youth.
• Bicycle clubs taught 100+ youth the importance of physical activity and good nutrition
• In partnership with Vehicles for Change, HOC and HOCP helped 200+ low-income working families to purchase reconditioned used vehicles at a nominal cost, which greatly expanded their employment and educational options.
• With grant funds, HOCP purchased a para-transit mini-bus, which transported hundreds of HOC senior adults to their daily activities, like shopping and medical appointments.
• For many years, HOCP coordinated a financial literacy and assets building program that helped to empower 40+ low-income households to pursue homeownership opportunities, to create small businesses and to increase their post-secondary education. 

 

 
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