Women's Housing Coalition is opening the doors to change for formerly homeless women and their children. We are helping them take control of their lives and learn how to lead stable lives. The Women's Housing Coalition is dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness for women and children by providing affordable housing and supportive services to enable them to sustain social and financial independence. We offer housing, case management, and life skills training tailored to the individual.
In Baltimore's 2015 Homeless Count: 2,796 individuals were homeless, there were 210 homeless households with at least one child, 16% of homeless people self-reported having a severe mental illness and 33% reported chronic substance abuse. Of the women we served in 2015, 27% had not graduated from school and 97% had a mental illness. All households we served had incomes under 50% of the Area Median Income for Baltimore. The women have little to no income and need individualized support.
We serve approximately 115 women and 40 children annually through our program. We provide housing and wrap-around services in order to avoid a return to the streets for our women and children. Within a few days of moving in, each woman meets with a Case Manager, and they being work on an Individual Service Plan. In addition to referrals to services in the community, the Case Manager and the resident identify in-house services, workshops and education programs that are of interest and are useful.
We will provide housing and supportive services to 100 women who were formerly homeless, having a direct impact on ending generational homelessness for them and their families. By treating women holistically, we are able to address any underlying causes of why they experienced homelessness and are able to provide a stable living environment for them to work on themselves. We are opening doors to change, and a changed person is less likely to experience homelessness again.