2018 ANNUAL REPORT: By the Numbers Hancock Resource Center served 1,147 families in 2018 with a total economic impact of $3,593,260 in the community. Over 5,771 hours of volunteer labor were coordinated through HRC in 2017, amounting to $142,485 in donated labor benefiting residents of Hancock County.
· Foreclosure prevention counseling was provided for 193 families statewide through the Homesaver program; 31 home foreclosures were prevented through this counseling, 9 were homes in Hancock County. The value of the preserved homes is $3,758,401 statewide with an impact in Hancock County of $1,088,220. · Through partnerships with Federal Home Loan Bank and The First, A National Banking Association, HRC provided home rehab and accessibility features for 14 low-income, elderly and/or disabled homeowners with an economic impact of $42,192. · HRC provided Homebuyer Education, Home Maintenance Education, Budget Counseling, Credit Counseling, Basic Computer, Resume Writing and Basic Employment Skills classes to 126 residents in Hancock County, affording them the opportunity to improve their financial standing. · The Transitional Housing Program for women affected by domestic violence assisted 9 families with relocation/rental assistance, employment training, transportation and childcare assistance, allowing survivors to move toward self-sufficiency. This program totaled $37,166 in services to Hancock County women. · Through the Emergency Solutions Grant, HRC was able to provide housing stabilization services (rental assistance, deposit assistance, and supportive services) to 49 homeless and at-risk residents of Hancock County, with direct services totaling $131,268. · HRC assisted 20 families through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program by providing $10,179 in essential, emergency housing stabilization services. · The Supportive Services for Veteran Families program allowed HRC to provide housing stabilization and supportive services to 37 Veterans and their families totaling $57,816 in services. · The Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program provided critical employment services to 61 homeless Veterans in the lower six counties. · In partnership with Hope Haven, HRC provided coordination of The Salvation Army Angel Tree® and Toys for Tots® programs, serving 371 children with an economic impact of $45,807. · The Navigator program provided critical case management to 21 families whose children are in Child Protective Services custody. · The DFC-Drug Free Communities Grant provided programs such as HYPE Leadership Day for students transitioning into middle school. · A Community Conversation on Opioid Use was hosted by HYPE in partnership with the Hancock County Library System and Community Safety Day was held in Bay Saint Louis.
· HYPE, in partnership with NotMYKid, education and free 252 home drug test kits were provided to parents to be used as a prevention tool with a value of $10,080. · Through the HUD Continuum of Care program, HRC was able to house and provide intensive case management to 11 families and youth in crisis, with a total economic impact of $54,658. · Twenty-five students graduated from the fourth high school class of the Hancock Youth Leadership Academy, a year-long program that promotes the development of leadership by teaching character, courage, and service. · Twenty-three Hancock County eighth graders graduated from the sixth junior high class of the Hancock Youth Leadership Academy in 2018. · HRC employs 20 people; 17 live in Hancock County.