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The Salvation Army Center of Hope Transitional Housing Program

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"To get a man soundly saved it is not enough to put on him a pair of new breeches, to give him regular work, or even to give him a University education. These things are all outside a man, and if the inside remains unchanged you have wasted your labor. You must in some way or other graft upon the man's nature a new nature, which has in it the element of the Divine."

William Booth, Founder

Transitional housing is a concept in which people in need of housing are assisted for a period of time to help them stabilize their lives, make permanent living arrangements and reach self-sufficiency.

Did you know, The Salvation Army's Center of Hope provides temporary housing and support services for up to 2 years for homeless men and works closely with the Veterans Administration to provide housing to homeless veterans.

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1577 North Military Trail

 West Palm Beach, FL 33409

 PH: 561-682-1118

 Fax: 561-682-1281


Pam Berry, Director of Social Services

The Salvation Army Center of Hope is a transitional housing program which has been operating since 2000. The Center provides substance abuse and mental health treatment services along with case management and housing up to 24 months for eligible single men and veterans. The Center's programming is designed to reduce barriers to economic self-sufficiency for homeless men. Its goals are to increase skills and/or income, residential stability, and self determination. Center of Hope services include transitional housing, meals, assistance with clothing and transportation, life skills and GED classes, on-site NA/AA meetings and a comprehensive substance abuse and mental health program. The 95-bed Center of Hope is a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week, year-round program providing a stable living environment for homeless men and/or chronically homeless chronic substance abusers who are residents of Palm Beach County.

The Salvation Army's Chaplain serves full-time and offers weekly bible study, meditation, counseling, and other Christian programming for residents who desire spiritual activities while at the Center.

To be eligible for the Center's transitional housing services one must:

  • 1. Be a male resident of Palm Beach County.
  • 2. Be homeless according to the definition under the McKinney-Vento Act, the HEARTH Act, or the Veteran's Administration*.
  • 3. Not have any criminal sexual conduct convictions.
  • 4. Not have a history of violent criminal convictions.
  • 5. Have at least a 30-day supply of prescribed medications.
  • 6. Be committed to enrolling into a life-changing long-term (60 days+) program.


The Salvation Army's Center of Hope is located on a quiet, private, 8.5 acre campus with amenities that include ball fields, recreation and picnic areas. The facility is equipped with a commercial kitchen, and dining, meeting, laundry, lounge, computer, and class rooms, as well as private offices for staff.  The Center also features a functional weigh / exercise area, a large gymnasium, and both individual and team sports. Residents may participate in advocacy activities, voter registration drives, outreach and services to other homeless persons and veterans, as well as community service and volunteerism opportunities. The Center's 15 employees operate the HUD Supportive Housing Program and two Veterans Administration programs: a Grant Per Diem (GPD) program and a Contract program for veterans.


COH contracts Addictions Research & Consulting Corporation and its Paige Foundation to provide treatment and services for COH residents and for others who are at risk of homelessness, those referred by Drug Courts and dually diagnosed clients whose needs and profiles are consistent with the HUD residential Supportive Housing Program. Approximately 95% of the Center's residents receive evidence-based drug or alcohol treatment for their addictions and up to one-third may also be dually diagnosed with mental illnesses.

Addiction and /or mental illness is not a criterion for enrollment in the Center of Hope... however, applicants must be homeless.

*HUD definition of homelessness:

  1. an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and
  2. an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is -
    1. a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill);
    2. an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or
    3. a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

*Homeless veterans must contact their Social Worker at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center to determine eligibility and to begin enrollment in The Salvation Army Center of Hope's Grant and Per Diem or Contract program.


Major Charles Smith, Chaplain

Please be aware that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has created the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans. This toll free hotline provides access to trained counselors to help homeless veterans, or those veterans at risk of becoming homeless. The toll free number is 1-877-424-3838

Visit the Veterans website:




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Partial funding for The Center of Hope has been provided by: PBC Housing & Community Development (HCD) Emergency Shelter Grant & Community Development. Block Grant Programs; Florida Department of Children & Families Office on Homelessness, Emergency Shelter Grant & Challenge Grant Programs; U. S. Department of Housing & Urban Development's Supportive Housing Program; Federal Emergency Management Agency, Veteran's Administration and  FEMA Emergency Food & Shelter Program.   GroupOuting

  The Salvation Army Center of Hope Residential Support

The Program Format was designed to break the tradition of sending clients from one place to another by providing a one-stop rehabilitative service center.

Transitional Housing

Case Management

Nutrition classes

Computer Training

Computer Labs

Day Rooms

Sports Teams and Activities

Outings; Picnics; Recreation


Family Sessions when requested

NA/AA Meetings

1 on 1 Counseling

Seminars and Workshops

Assistance with locating housing

Limited rent / down payment assististance

Limited assististance obtaining furniture

Referrals for supportive services/benefits

Specific housing programs for veterans

Discharge Planning

Substance Abuse Counseling

Chemical Dependency Assessment

Mental Health Counseling

Substance Abuse Counseling

Individual Therapy

Groups: Anger Management, Anxiety, Depression, Abuse, Relationships

Substance Abuse Education

Relapse Prevention,

Budget/Financial Counseling,

Credit Repair,

Debt Management Services,

Basic Life and Money Management Skills

Substance Abuse & Dependency Education

Relapse Prevention Groups

Life Skills Training

Vocational Adult Education

Development of Aftercare Plan & Recommendations


  Graduates  Graduates2

Graduating From The Program


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