Since 1983, New Moms has been the leading Chicagoland agency specializing in outreach and services to young moms experiencing poverty and homelessness. New Moms provides a continuum of services designed to interrupt the cycle of poverty for two generations by offering support in the most important areas of the life of a family – stable housing, job training, and family support. Young mothers and their children can find safe and stable housing, a path to employment, and the tools they need to learn and develop strong parenting skills. This unique, wrap-around approach results in deep and lasting change and interrupts the cycle of poverty for two generations.
New Moms Oak Park Center and Clare Place (residential component) provides 18 units of supportive housing for young families, program space, and offices to expand the depth of services. A mixture of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments are on the 2nd through 4th floors above the new office space and program area where supportive services will be provided focused on education, life skills, health and well-being. The new development provides an entrance for residents that is separate from the store front area, playrooms for the children, and laundry facilities. In honor of Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, Clare Place is named for St. Clare of Assisi, a follower of St. Francis who devoted her life to helping those in poverty. The project was awarded fourteen (14) Project Based Vouchers through the Regional Housing Initiative (RHI) in which tenants will pay no more than 30% of their income towards the rent and utility expenses combined.
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