Mission, Vision, Values

“Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise up early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – For he grants sleep to those he loves.”
Psalm 127: 1-2

Mission:

Urban Hope is a 501(c)(3) community development corporation committed to the social, economic and spiritual health of Metro Richmond. The primary focus of Urban Hope is to partner with families who seek affordable rental housing and/or home ownership. The support Urban Hope provides to renters and future home owners comes through collaborations with caring community residents, local churches, and local organizations interested in such work.

Urban Hope oversees the rental and homeownership processes from beginning to end. Staff and volunteers supervise the construction and renovation of affordable housing, provide financial counseling, and support qualifying families as they develop an ownership stake in their community. Practical, emotional, and spiritual support is provided through Family Sponsors – who play an integral role in the Urban Hope model.

Urban Hope is working in the geographic area of Church Hill. By supporting families through affordable rental housing and the homeownership process, communities of distress are transformed into environments where families can thrive.

Vision:

Urban Hope envisions thriving multi-income communities that share a hope for their future. We envision high-quality, affordable rental housing and higher levels of  homeownership, providing stability for families and a reason to invest in neighborhoods. We envision just restorations of blighted neighborhoods, in which existing residents benefit just as much as new ones. In short, we envision a city marked by the ancient biblical principle of shalom: spiritual, social and economic flourishing.

Values:

Christ Centered: The hope of the city is based only in Jesus Christ, who through his life, death and resurrection has redeemed the world. (Rev. 5:12-13)

Relationship/Partnership Focused: God’s work is accomplished when people of diverse communities bring together their strengths in order to mutually serve one another and the city. (1 Corinthians 12:12)

Holistic Reconciliation: Just as God’s purpose is to redeem every part of creation, physical as well as spiritual, so God calls his people to join the work of physical, social and spiritual restoration. (John 20:21, Acts 2:42-47)

Excellence: We carry out our work with the highest excellence unto the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Urban Hope, Inc.


P.O. Box 23171
Richmond, VA 23223
804-396-2198

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