Many factors contribute to an individual’s ability to thrive. These factors are known as social determinants of health and include such things as poverty, food insecurity, housing instability, justice system involvement, education level, inadequate employment, deficient health literacy and limited access to transportation, among others. Social determinants of health (SDOH) are often at the core of health disparities among underserved and vulnerable populations.
HOTEL INC addresses poverty through transformative pilot programs that test new models. Our strategy is set in a wider community engagement through City Shapers, a group of local leaders examining poverty, its roots, and the best solutions with the residents of the West End community. Our eﬀorts are guided by The Lupton Center in Atlanta which is successful in neighborhood development of aﬀordable home ownership, aﬀordable rental, and socialenterprise. City Shapers assessed elements that contribute to economic poverty, social and structural indicators with benchmarks in the West End of Bowling Green. This partnership will illuminate the best ways to enable people to move beyond poverty to economic stability, to true health and wellness. Click here to read our five-year Strategic Plan.
We invite financial institutions, developers, builders, property managers, and everyday citizens to work alongside agencies like HOTEL INC to address real barriers to flourishing in our community. The work of HOTEL INC is supported fully by individual donors, grants, community partners, and event sponsors.
The Affordable Housing Crisis
In Kentucky, and in Warren County particularly, the lack of affordable housing is extreme. Waits for housing can be longer than a year, even up to five years. Many face financial hardship to meet their basic needs due to being rent burdened, grandparents raising grandchildren, limited fixed income with high medical costs, and loss of a job by one member of the household. Among the families that utilize HOTEL INC’s services, additional affordable housing was lost due to increased rental prices that far exceed 30% of the average person’s bring-home pay.
In Bowling Green alone 45% of renters are rent-burdened. This means an estimated 15,800 renters are paying more than 30% of their net income in rental costs, making their household unstable and at risk of homelessness and unable to meet basic needs such as food, transportation, and medical care. [Anna Baumann, communications director at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy reports that a two-adult, two-child household would need an annual income of $77,000.00 to securely cover housing,transportation, taxes, food, and childcare. The median income in Warren County $39,901.]
We envision a community where each person is valued and has an equal opportunity to thrive.
- We believe that every person, no matter how adverse the circumstances, is redeemable by God and can live a life of meaning and purpose
- We treat all people with dignity and respect, always with the understanding that we are part of one community
- We and those we serve work together to be people of integrity, responsibility and commitment
HOTEL INC was established as a 501(c)3 in 1981. The founders of the organization created HOTEL INC to serve the impoverished and homeless families of Warren County. Our funding is derived from private donations, foundation grants and fundraising. Through the years, the program elements have changed but the core of the organization’s mission remains the same. In our efforts to end homelessness rather than maintain it, HOTEL INC seeks to serve people efficiently and effectively. We currently provide programs that model best practices in the US. Formal adoption of Coordinated Entry for those applying for housing services has created an organized and effective flow that directs clients from program intake to program exit with aftercare case management. With navigation (case management) and financial assistance, these households are offered a pathway from homelessness into permanent housing. Integrated programs include Food Security, Housing and Homeless Services, and Street Medicine.
Voted 2020 Best Non-Profit in Bowling Green by Bowling Green Daily News Readers