Homes for Hearts

Memphis, TN   |  http://www.homesforhearts.org

Mission

At Homes for Hearts, we are committed to building permanent supportive housing with small, quality, single-family houses within Memphis to help pave the way for men and women experiencing chronic homelessness toward homeownership.

Ruling year info

2020

Principal Officer

Zachary Waters

Main address

871 Sheridan St

Memphis, TN 38107 USA

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EIN

85-2299402

NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Homestead Pilot Project

Homes for Hearts proposes a pilot project for 6 adults on suitable land controlled by a community land trust that has access to public utilities, public transportation (within ¼ mile), borders that can be controlled, and is at least half an acre in size. Homes for Hearts will construct simple “tiny houses” which are secure, lockable and insulated using a standardized building guide. The cottage courts will be self-governed with oversight provided by the Board of Directors.

The basic, non-negotiable rules will include:

No violence to yourselves or others
No theft
No alcohol, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia
No constant, disruptive behavior
Everyone must contribute to the operation and maintenance of the cottage court.
To the extent possible, residents will be involved in the building process so that they may earn “sweat equity” toward the value of their shelter. We are partnering with architects and builders who have volunteered to assist in the construction of the cottage courts and to hold hands-on workshops constructing compact, simple, and inexpensive structures. Each Tiny Home within each Homestead will include a kitchen and dining area, bathroom and shower, bedroom and living space, all within and under 300 square feet. Each of our Homesteads will also provide a community garden, along with a bicycle rack, containing 6 bicycles to be shared by all residents.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Nomadic people
Victims and oppressed people
Seniors
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Chronically homeless individuals in Memphis, TN.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Through partnership with local case management, we have now decided that residents will go through a transitional period of 6 months to make sure they are adjusting and enjoying their new home before they begin to make monthly payments toward home ownership.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Today, we are serving our partners. Once we are funded we will serve our residents of the homes we build. Community members have a say in a myriad of important decisions including, approving the resident contract, helping decide how the residents are chosen, determining whether the cottage court has a security fence and/or 24/7 security personnel on site, and more. Our case workers will meet regularly with the resident to ensure they are connected to the services they need, including job assistance and training, healthcare, access to government assistance, and more.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Homes for Hearts

Board of directors
as of 12/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Zachary Waters

Lisa Anderson

Room In the Inn

Avalon Yarnes

Avalon Cakes School of Sugar Art

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/22/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/22/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.