HIGHPOINT, North Carolina (WGHP) — At a time when more young people need help, a youth supportive housing initiative known as HEARTH has expanded how many people it can help at one time.
HEARTH stands for Hope Empowerment And Resiliency Through Housing and has helped dozens of young people step into the world over the past few years.
The organization rents two two-bedroom apartments in the High Point complex for four people between the ages of 18 and 21 for a minimum of 18 months.
During this time, these individuals receive guidance on how to manage finances, find work, and resolve conflicts.
You’ll also have access to onsite mentors and supervisors to help you when you need it.
In March 2022, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety selected HEARTH to award nearly $200,000 to expand its operations in Triad.
$20,000 was start-up and equipment costs, and $176,000 was annual operating costs.
Since the announcement, HEARTH has rented out two more two-bedroom apartment units in the same High Point complex, allowing it to accommodate four additional youths in need.
“You might think we just had four more children, but the community is improving,” explains Sarah Roslinger, who helps oversee the program. “People they’re involved with will realize, oh, they’re making some good decisions, so it’s going to have a ripple effect.”
She told FOX8 that the program’s expansion has given young people control over their lives and futures in ways they couldn’t before.
Sarah says: . Sometimes barriers are what empower young people. ”
Jeronika is one person who has taken control of her life. The 20-year-old has been through a rough season of her life that has been toxic and life-threatening.
“I was staying in hotels, going to clubs and working,” Jeronika explained. “The next thing you know you’re in high school and the next thing you know you’re in a hotel and you haven’t eaten in days and you don’t know where something is coming from.”
She dreams of becoming a dental assistant and a traveling makeup artist helping people feel confident and comfortable in their skin.
“I feel like I don’t have to live that lifestyle anymore.
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