HOPE is a nighttime street outreach program providing life-sustaining support to homeless individuals, who are at risk from living on the streets of Longmont. HOPE’s goal is to ensure that people who do not have permanent housing and are living on the streets can survive the elements and do not die from exposure. During street outreach shifts, HOPE provides basic needs support such as food, water, clothing, and blankets or sleeping bags. HOPE also provides transports to available shelter, detox facilities, and medical treatment facilities. Additionally, HOPE provides referrals to appropriate social service agencies for follow-up or more comprehensive care and offers a limited transitional housing program for individuals ready to move toward self-sufficiency.
During the 2010 season, HOPE made 14,816 contacts with 525 unduplicated individuals. HOPE made 626 transports to local emergency shelters and detox facilities and supplied 13,235 meals, 527 coats, 653 sleeping bags/blankets, 362 pairs of gloves, 389 hats, and 1,982 pairs of socks. In addition, HOPE provided 477 nights of emergency shelter and medical respite when no other appropriate shelter accommodations were available. HOPE also held memorial services in conjunction with Common Cathedral for six friends living on the streets who passed away although no unsheltered homeless person has died of an exposure-related illness in Longmont since HOPE formed.