Statistically, young women with children are at a higher risk of entering homelessness. This can be credited to the challenges of simultaneously juggling employment, childcare, and living expenses. In addition, these mothers often lack the education, support, and mentoring they need to overcome the adversities they face. When they become homeless, these families need more than a roof over their heads; they need a support system to build upon.
The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command offers a transitional housing program for young mothers with children to help them break free from chronic homelessness and unemployment. The Turning Point Center for Women and Children is helping these women find stability through shelter, and self-sufficiency through life skills training. Most importantly, the programs help with personal transformation by assisting them in overcoming the challenges in their lives and assists them in turning them around.
By living in one of the 26 apartments available, single mothers and their children are able to take advantage of Turning Point’s resources and staff expertise. There is a range of support given to these mothers with the goal to prepare them for independent living. These include case management with the development of a Family Action Plan; Independent Living Skills training Out of Poverty curriculum instruction; individual and group counseling; and required participation in employment, job training, or education programs.