In 2016, it is our goal to open Yvonne’s Heart and Home Transitional Housing program in the Washington, DC Metro Area.
Yvonne’s Heart and Home will provide a safe environment, encouraging staff, and comprehensive support programs and classes to assist participants in reaching self-sufficiency. The housing program is a 6-18 month residential program for young ladies 16-25 designed to help homeless women and women with children.
Yvonne’s Heart and Home Transitional Housing program will offer the following services:
• Safe, stable living accommodations.
• Basic life-skill building, including consumer education and instruction in budgeting, the use of credit, housekeeping, menu planning, food preparation and parenting skills.
• Interpersonal skill building, including enhancing young people’s abilities to establish positive relationships with peers and adults, make decisions and manage stress.
• Educational opportunities, such as GED preparation, post-secondary training and vocational education.
• Assistance in job preparation and attainment, such as career counseling and job placement.
• Education, information and counseling to prevent, treat and reduce substance abuse
• Mental health care, including individual and group counseling.
• Physical health care, including routine physicals, health assessments and emergency treatment.
Thousands of young people run away or are forced to leave their homes each year:
• On a single night in January 2013, there were 610,042 people experiencing homelessness in the United States, including 394,698 people who were homeless in sheltered locations and 215,344 people who were living in unsheltered locations.
• Nearly one-quarter (23 percent or 138,149) of all homeless people were children, under the age of 18. Ten percent (or 61,541) were between the ages of 18 and 24, and 67 percent (or 410,352) were 25 years or older.
• 19% of young adults ages 20–24 were neither enrolled in school nor working in 2013. 51% of young adult women lived with their parents in 2013.
• Of the 2 million households headed by a young adult on his or her own in 2011, 42 percent experienced severe cost burdens (housing costs that exceeded 50 percent of income).
(Sources: The 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress. Current Population Survey (CPS by Census)