Rights and Rules
Every resident of New Hope Family Shelter has the right to protection from harm and abuse in addition to living in a clean safe place. Every resident has the right to confidentiality, dignity, respect, humane care, practicing their own religion and love who they love (regardless of gender).
We are a family homeless shelter with a requirement of having a familial make up as defined by HUD (children must be in the care of parents at minimum 50% of the time each week, marriage is not a requirement for couples, families are not separated by gender, nor do we have typical gender identifying requirements or segregating by gender, we are a LGBTQ friendly shelter. Parents with children are seen as parents first).
We are not a faith based organization.
We are an equal housing opportunity shelter which aligns itself with federal housing laws such as permitting service/emotional support animals during the crisis of homelessness.
Residents have a responsibility to themselves and to other families while living in our shelter to maintain the above rights of each resident.
As a general simple "rule guideline" if it breaks the law, it isn't permitted at New Hope for Families.
The following guidelines have been established to support the above right to peace, safety and dignity for all residents:
- Our buildings are owned by a hospital. Therefore no smoking is permitted anywhere on New Hope Family Shelter premises or grounds. There is a designated smoking area just outside that must be used otherwise (just as any hospital grounds) persons are subject to a $500 fine by hospital security.
No illegal drugs or alcohol may be sold, used or stored inside the shelter (just as a hospital or school).
- Theft, larceny, robbery at the shelter will not be permitted and is subject to local law (just as with any public place).
- Convicted child sex offenders who can not live in a space where children live and play by law, are not permitted (as we align with local, state and federal laws - not as a barrier but to keep children safe from child sexual preditors).
- Serious violence or explosive arguments, terrorizing or bullying, sexual harassment or violent sexual assault, hate crimes, serious/violent destruction of property (not to be confused with simply breaking a glass which can be easily replaced), domestic abuse (hitting, beating, terrorizing, etc; victim stays, abuser leaves), threatening or dangerous behavior that puts others at risk is not permitted.