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ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES FOR
FOR HOMELESS TEEN MOTHERS.
Hagar’s Haven assisted living facility is the solution to some of the homelessness and school drop out among pregnant and parenting teen mothers in Shelby County, and possibly to other challenges facing homeless teen mothers like child abuse and domestic violence.
The core components of Hagar’s Haven will be:
- Support and Resources to Promote Self-Sufficiency: Help teen mothers to develop basic self-sufficiency skills so that they will be able to transition to independent living by accessing resources and services as needed with the assistance of a case manager.
- Support and Resources to Promote Housing Stability: Facilitate attainment or affordable housing in a safe neighborhood, and continue housing stability and independent living upon completion of the programs.
- Support and Resources to Promote Financial Stability: Help teen mothers to work toward financial stability by facilitating educational attainment and employment at a livable wage, as well as financial literacy.
- Support and Resources to Promote Successful and engaged Parenting and Attachment: Facilitate successful and engaged parenting skills, fostering attachment between parent(s) and child.
- Support and Resources to Promote Healthy Relationships: Cultivate a sense of self-worth and right to healthy relationships with partners, peers, family and the community, as well as the skills to resolve conflict, solve problems, and negotiate.
Facts about Homeless Pregnant and Parenting Teen Mothers
- Many youth in Shelby County do not become pregnant because they are homeless, but rather, become homeless because they are pregnant or parenting.
- Homeless teen mothes have little to no access to basic needs, have difficulty accessing temporary income assistance, and are largely uneducated in terms of health, sexual safety, and child-rearing.
- Statistics show that pregnancy rates among youth are higher for those experiencing homelessness than their housed peers.
- One study showed that half of homeless teen mothers don’t believe birth control to be important and nearly half did not know they were pregnant until their second trimester.
- Miscarriages were two to four times higher among homeless teens than the general population.
- Parenting is stressful for any teen, but homeless teens face the additional difficulties of living in unsafe conditions and having limited access to information, services, and basic needs like food, clothing, and health care.
- Homeless teens who seek shelter have difficulty locating facilities which accept and are suited to teen mother with babies.
- Many homeless teen mothers are daughters of teenage mothers themselves.
- Children of homeless teen mothers are 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 (National Center on Family Homelessness, 2009).
- There are an estimated 500,000 – 1.3 million homeless pregnant teens in the United States (National Center on Family Homelessness, 2009)