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. Their model is designed to support life transformation. 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.
The site is located at 5327 W. Chicago Avenue and includes 30-studios,10 one-bedroom units (all restricted to 50% AMI), administrative offices and a day care center. The site was a City of Chicago vacant building in the Austin community area’s 37th Ward District and the Austin TIF district (formerly a police station). New Moms Inc. secured the support of the local Alderman Emma Mitts to move forward with the project. The units provide permanent supportive housing for 40 homeless teenage mothers between the ages of 18 and 21 and their children. The facility also includes an on-site day care center for participants with 18 slots for the public, a community room, supportive service program space, administrative offices and training space.
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