About Us

About Us2024-03-13T05:55:11+00:00

H.O.P.E, Inc. is dedicated to increasing the number of single parent graduates in the state of Georgia and ultimately nationwide.

Single parents are some of the most resilient people we know, and we created a 501c3 tax-exempt organization to empower, encourage, and equip low-income single parents to obtain a college degree, develop essential life skills, and ultimately become self-sufficient through wrap-around services including financial assistance for housing and childcare, community resources, financial training, and counseling.

Our approach is unique and effectively changing lives.

H.O.P.E, Inc. (Helping Other People be Empowered) began in November 2009 as a passion of the CEO and founder, Kenita Smith. As a former single parent, she struggled to complete her B.B.A & M.B.A. She noticed that there was not much support for single parents trying to finish their college education, and she wanted to create an organization that would allow her to give HOPE to others that are in the same situation.

The number one reason students do not finish their college education is due to financial stress. The government supports single parents with rent financially (up to $250) if they are not employed, and only assists with childcare if the parent is enrolled in school to receive a diploma or certificate, and has an income under the poverty level for their household.

Yet, what about those single parents who want to improve their quality of life through furthering their education? We assist single parents by providing them with rent and childcare assistance up to $400 a month while they attend a two or four-year accredited college or university. The assistance is paid directly to the landlord, mortgage, or apartment leasing offices, and direct licensed child care providers on behalf of the program participants.

We determine eligibility by conducting an intake and application process. Each individual must provide the following for consideration:

  • An application

  • Proof of dependency

  • Proof of residency

  • Proof of employment and income (last four check stubs)

  • Proof of Enrollment in a Two or Four year college

  • Current/last semester transcripts.

And what’s even more amazing, applicants are not expected to pay to participate in our program.

We Affect Change

We offer assistance to single parents when they need it the most. We believe in helping those who are trying to help themselves. It can take single parents 6-15 years to complete their degree. We make sure they have the support they need to finish in under six years and decrease their anxieties regarding shelter and childcare.

We have an 80% graduation rate, proving that our concept is effective and works.

Don’t believe us? Hear about our program from our single-parent graduates.

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I could not have done it without H.O.P.E, Inc.’s help. today I make 197% more annually than what I made when I started the program!

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I could not have done it without H.O.P.E, Inc.’s help. today I make 197% more annually than what I made when I started the program!


Proof of residency is required and a copy of your social security card, birth certificate, or U.S. passport will be required upon application.

No, you must be gainfully employed either full-time or part-time for at least 6 consecutive months prior to applying. Proof of employment/proof of income (the last 4 paycheck stubs) will be required.

All applicants need to show a “financial need” as determined by our criteria. Details will be discussed during a phone interview.

Although you have a “source” of income, our participants must be actively employed to receive our assistance. We strive to assist single parents that do not have any resources available through other government programs, and there are other programs that support SSI benefits recipients.

Our participants must already be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited 2 year or 4-year college or university, which includes junior colleges and private colleges, and maintain a B average/ 2.75 GPA. Proof of academic enrollment is required showing GPA and transcripts must be submitted after each semester/quarter.

A college undergraduate degree is an associate or bachelor’s degree administered by a 2 year or 4-year college or university, which includes junior colleges and private colleges. Certifications, diplomas, or any trade-specific degrees are not eligible degrees.

Our participants must be a high school grad or have successfully attained their GED.

We reserve our assistance for single parents in an undergraduate school program, at a 2-year or 4-year college or university, both public and private.

We do not offer scholarships or tuition assistance. At times, we may receive scholarship opportunities from local organizations looking to assist single parents with tuition, and we refer them to our participants at that time.

We look at opportunities like this on a one-time-only emergency basis and only provide this assistance to a participant currently in our program.

If your child is old enough to not attend childcare, you are not eligible to receive childcare assistance. Proof of dependency will be required. Childcare assistance is provided up to $100 per week, regardless of the number of children you have. Assistance will be made available to qualified participants for a maximum of 2 years for a 2-year college or 4 years for a 4-year college, as long as the children are still eligible to attend childcare. Vouchers are issued directly to the childcare provider.

Once your children, still living with you, are old enough to be employed, you are no longer eligible for rent assistance. Proof of dependency will be required. As a qualified participant, rent assistance will be made available for up to $400 per month for a maximum of 2 years for a 2-year college and 4 years for a 4-year college. Subsidized housing vouchers are paid directly to the landlord.

At this time, we are only accepting applications from those in the Metro Atlanta area. However, in the past, we have been known to accept applicants from out-of-state or grant ONE-TIME ONLY EMERGENCY assistance to participants that have moved out of state.

All applications are accepted only through our online system.

Due to limited staff, we prefer to receive all inquiries or applications via our website, for better handling. However, you may leave us a message at (678)695-6688 if you have questions that have not been answered on our website FAQ. We will return your call at our earliest convenience.

We make every attempt to respond to each application quickly; however, due to the volume of applications received each day, we appreciate your patience. We will respond via email as soon as your application and required documents have been received, reviewed, and processed. If additional information is needed, we will also let you know via email. If you are eligible, you will receive an email requesting times for a phone interview. If you are ineligible, a denial letter will be sent by email.

No. The funds received are not loans and are not required back.

Yes, you are able to apply again if you meet the criteria when you submit your new application.

We do not have a waiting list but will enforce one when our program capacity has been met. If there is a waiting list you will be notified at the time of your initial interview.

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