Hope House is an Arizona halfway housing center that specializes in transitional living, a concept that attempts to help people achieve stability in their lives…
Hope House is an Arizona halfway housing center that specializes in transitional living, a concept that attempts to help people achieve stability in their lives by helping them transition from their primary way of life (high school or college) to a new way of life (harsh, transient employment). This new way of life might be in the form of job training, apprenticeship or other work experience. The goal is to help people “get back” to the things they love to do so while allowing them the opportunity to pursue a higher education or some other goal of their choice. Hope House focuses on helping these individuals achieve some kind of “utility therapy” for their situation, which is basically a therapeutic practice aimed at assisting people to deal with life’s inevitable challenges. Although this sounds good-and yes, it is noble-here are some things about Hope House that can make it less than ideal for those who are in search of a sober living home:
The problem with Hope House as a transitional living or house sober setting is that it presents a very specific, highly gendered experience for its residents. It is not uncommon to observe a middle aged white woman with a young black man as the sole occupant of one of the single family homes that make up the center. Although there are some older couples living there, the overwhelming majority of residents are young men of color, many of whom are unemployed or undereducated and living with only their mothers or wives for much of the year.
Hopefully, the owners of this unfortunate establishment will realize that there are better ways of providing housing for their residents and that, in fact, giving students housing is much more cost effective and practical than converting one home into a “diploma mill.” In addition, Hope House is not the only such halfway house in the Phoenix area. Other such facilities are, in fact, quite successful at helping their residents to make positive changes in their lives. However, the owners of Hope House seem to think that by creating a gendered, highly segregated environment, they are able to maximize their profits at the expense of their residents. This kind of thinking is not only damaging to students, but it is also damaging to the Phoenix real estate market. Hopefully, the owners of this sad house will consider all this in the future.