|Q. What is the Women’s Housing Coalition (WHC)?
A. The WHC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing safe, affordable housing and support services to homeless, low income women and families in Baltimore City.
Q. Why was The WHC founded and why does your organization only serve women?
A. The WHC was founded in 1979 by a group of women who after conducting research learned that homeless woman were invisible in the community. Therefore, due to these lack of resources the WHC was created to assist this overlooked population, with safe, affordable housing.
Q. Who does The WHC serve and what types of services are provided?
A. The WHC serves homeless, low -income women with disabilities and families. In addition to housing, WHC services include case management, advocacy and life skills training. Services are tailored to meet the needs of each woman or family and are based on their individual situations and goals.
Q. How does someone qualify for The WHC programs?
A. To qualify, a woman or family must be homeless (last residence must be in Baltimore City), low income, referred by a service provider, and have a disability (by HUD standards to include physical disability, mental health issues or chemical addition with a minimum of six months of sobriety documented by a health care professional). In addition, the prospective candidate must have a commitment to work towards personal growth and independence. The WHC Staff conducts an in-depth interview as part of the entry process.
|Q. What type of housing does the WHC provide and how much does it cost?
A. The WHC provides single room occupancy (SRO) housing. Residents pay up to 30% of their income if they are able.
Q. How can I help the WHC?
A. From goods and clothes to dollars, WHC is always in need of donations. The Annual Fundraiser offers sponsorships and at the holidays, corporations can sponsor the WHC families.
Q. How does The WHC define success?
A. The WHC views success as a continuum, not an end. Residents are considered “successful” as they continue to accomplish the goals they set upon entry into the program.
Q. What is the average length of stay for residents in your program?
A. Each resident’s length of stay in the WHC varies depending on the goals she has set for herself. The ultimate goal is always independent living but there is no set time limit for program completion.
Q. How many participants are in the WHC programs at any one time?
A. The WHC has the capacity serve 99 women and 40 children.