Housing Supports for Pregnant or Parenting Moms
Co-Abode Housing for Single Moms
The CoAbode Single Mothers House Sharing can be your relief and source of support!
We present you with opportunities so you can:
* afford a better house or apartment, within a safer school district
* halve the cost of rent and overhead expenses, freeing up much needed resources
* lighten the burden of daily chores such as cooking, grocery shopping, laundry, homework, carpooling and child supervisions so that you are less tired and stressed out and better able to provide for your kids and yourself
* divorced moms can hang on to the family home by bringing in a mom roommate to help cover expenses
* give those in abusive situations support and strength so they can escape knowing there is another mom there to pool resources with and get emotional support
Transitional Housing for Homeless Pregnant or Parenting Moms
Historically speaking, maternity homes were created to assist young moms who needed
help with parenting skills or a place to stay while pregnant and adjusting to motherhood.
In the BSE (Baby Scoop Era) there was a dramatic shift to turn these maternity homes into
prisons, forcing all mothers to place their children for adoption. The places listed here
are the new forms of residential housing that is available for young women who are
looking to parent their children. It's very important that people protect themselves when
researching places like this.
Questions to Ask
- Ask them if they have an adoption option. If they provide services to "help" place
children for adoption within their organizations, then they do not provide services for
young women to become parents. They would refer you to an outside agency. And, this is
very important, outside agency would not come to the home. Here is an example of a
maternity home that forces adoption and offers housing:
If you decide not to place your child for adoption, they will sue you for the cost of living
there. Of course, any place with adoption in the title will push for adoptions. They do,
however, also prey on places such as pregnancy crises services and others.
- Ask them what supports they provide for parenting, ie, courses, communal living,
paid staff, most will suggest continuing education and job search skills
- Unfortunately, I am unable to do a complete search on every organization. Please do
your own research as well. I am attempting to bring together all the information that I
can to assist any young woman who may need these supports. If you have questions, feel
free to contact me at reformadoption(at)gmail.com
Here are some National and International housing assistance programs for keeping your baby
Various state programs
listings for Teen parents or Pregnant teens
Homes for Pregnant Teens in MA
- Austin, TX
Community Advocates for Teens and Parents. Provides shelter and transitional housing with
supportive services for pregnant and parenting adolescents. @ 7501 Blessing Avenue, contact
- Maine pregnant youth
- Iowa families and substance abuse
- NVHomeless Transitional
Shelter for Pregnant Women, Sponsored by International Church of Las Vegas, 8780 W.
Charleston Boulevard, Suite 102, Las Vegas, NV, (702) 242-9850
Here are some listings from one website for a few different states:
Lists the following:
- Washington, DC
Northwest Maternity Center
4010 12th Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20017
For more information contact: Elizabeth Segal
The Northwest Maternity Center is a private/nonprofit residential facility for five
mothers with one or two children, which operates in tandem with the Pregnancy Center.
The center has been open for two years, and 26 young women have completed the program.
The two facilities exist on a shoestring budget of $160,000 a year, with the Maternity
Center getting about $60,000 of that amount. Funding comes from private individuals and
corporate donors and includes donations of food, toys, and furniture.
The center has flexible admission and length of stay requirements. The mothers are
between the ages of 15 and 24, and stay less than two years. They are referred from
community agencies, schools, and the Pregnancy Center.
The only paid staff members are the director and the social services director, so the
home depends heavily on a volunteer staff of 18. The program includes counseling,
referrals, and classes in parenting, child development, basic skills, and self-esteem.
- San Antonio, TX
1115 Mission Road
San Antonio, TX 78210
For more information contact: Brenda Tatro, Executive Director
Licensed by the state of Texas, Seton Home is a group home for pregnant teenagers and
teenage mothers, aged 12-20. The facility consists of two cottages, each of which houses
eight mothers and their babies. Approximately 35 mothers go through the program each year.
Each cottage is staffed by one house mother or independent living skills instructor.
In addition, Seton Home has a social service director, volunteer coordinator, and an
executive director. Volunteers perform such tasks as office work, yard work, and mother's
day out activities.
Seton Home has an annual budget of $330,000. The United Way provides 20 percent of
the funding, while the remainder comes from grants, fundraising projects, direct mail
campaigns, and support for money for some mothers from the state.
Teen Mothers Program/Sasha Bruce Youthwork, 701 Maryland Avenue, N.E.,
Washington, DC 20002, (202) 675-9380
For more information contact: Brenda Lockley, Director
The Teen Mothers Program is a residential treatment facility for five teenage mothers and their babies run by the Sasha Bruce Youthwork program, a private, nonprofit agency. The Teen Mothers Program is funded directly by grants from the DC Department of Human Services, Family Service Division. It costs approximately $110 per day per person to run the program. The participants are aged 15-18 and stay from 18 months to two years. The teen mothers are referred by the court system and are wards of the DC government. All court- remanded cases must be accepted into the home.
Residents are offered a number of classes in cooking, child care, female health and sexuality, and living and parenting skills. Counseling, tutoring, art therapy, and referrals are also available.
There are no resident staff members; supervision is provided by two staffers at a time based on rotating shifts. Volunteers and foster grandparents are important elements of the program.
- New Mexico
The Teen Parent Residence, 1750 Indian School Road, N.E., Apartment 109
Albuquerque, NM 87104, (505) 246-2497
For more information contact: Barbara Calderon, Center Director, Albuquerque Job Corps
The Teen Parent Residence is a referral-only home for 14 young mothers and their babies, aged 14-22. During the four and a half years the program has been running, 117 participants have gone through the program. Professionals provide counseling and training in health, nutrition, parenting skills, independent living, family planning, safety, child development, self-esteem building, and necessary life skills such as budgeting and shopping.
Each teen and her baby receive AFDC, Food Stamps, WIC, and Medicaid. Out of the AFDC money, the rent and utilities are paid as well as other basic requirements. Child care is provided by the Children, Youth, and Families Department during the day to allow the mothers to attend school. The program is maintained through state funding with community organizations providing furniture for the apartments and supplies for the project.
Kathleen Sylvester is the vice president of domestic policy for the Progressive Policy Institute.
- Buffalo, NY
Homespace - Second Chance
Second Chance Home was created in response to a need in the Buffalo community to
develop housing for young mothers in the foster care system. Second Chance Home opened
in 2006 to provide parenting youth between the ages of 14-21 with a safe, supportive
home to raise their children while working towards their goals related to permanency,
self-sufficiency and parenting.