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The Institute for Children and Poverty (“ICP”), which researches issues of family homelessness and also provides services for homeless families in New York City, recently released a report called “Children Having Children: Teen Pregnancy and Homelessness in New York City.” In its report, ICP concluded that nearly half of all homeless families in New York City were headed by women who were teenage mothers. The report surveyed 337 homeless women residing in New York City shelters, finding that 32% of these women were homeless before the age of 18 and 42% of them had been homeless more than once. The report also found that children of homeless teenage mothers were three times more likely to experience homelessness numerous times and 60% more likely to be removed from their parents care and placed into foster care.
BFH recognizes that there is a distressed population of young women with children who are no longer welcome in their family homes, have aged out of foster care, and are left to support themselves and provide for their child(ren) without the tools to do so. As shelter and food are their main priority, they often drop out of school and work low-income jobs just to survive. As a result, they end up struggling to survive for the rest of their lives.
The program, Baby’s First Home (BFH), will be a supportive housing unit for 5 mothers (17-21) and their children. We have a 6-unit building in Elmhurst, Queens that will provide shelter to 5 families and a live-in social worker. By offering counseling services, educational and vocational training, health education, and other supportive services, we plan to help mothers build independent lives and stable futures for themselves and their children upon completion of our program. We hope to reduce homelessness and poverty for a targeted group of women and children.