The Contribution of Family Hope Program in Increasing The Social Welfare of Poor Families in Kendari City
This paper aimed to describe the contribution of the Family Hope Program (FHP) in overcoming poverty in Kendari City. Qualitative research approach using a case study focused on poor families and program implementers that are spread in sixty-four villages and eleven sub-districts. The technique of determining research informants was based on purposive technique and data collection through participant observation, Focus Group Discussion, and in-depth interviews. The result of this research showed that the implementation of the FHP goes well through some stages, namely: firstly, the Process of Socialization and Data Collection of Poor Families; secondly, the Process of Renewing of Poor Family Data; thirdly, Data Verification Process; and finally, the Acceptance of Aid stage. As a poverty alleviation program created by the government, the FHP has succeeded in reducing the poverty rate in Kendari City, through the improvement of educational and health access for poor families, but has not been able to significantly improve the quality of life of poor families in the long run. This is because the FHP is only a short-term social assistance program and is not a long-term empowerment program.