As the African proverb goes, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Young single mothers have become a significant part of society, and Project Row Houses believes that it is our community’s role to provide support for these women as they pursue education and fulfilling careers. The Young Mothers Residential Program (YMRP) at Project Row Houses provides housing and counseling on personal growth and parenting skills, allowing these mothers to raise their children in a creative, nurturing community.
About the Young Mothers Residential Program
The purpose of YMRP is to empower low-income single mothers and their children in achieving independent, self-sufficient lives. YMRP has supported roughly 100 mothers and their families, some of whom have gone on to earn doctorates, law degrees and become community leaders and entrepreneurs. Through this program, PRH provides a culturally rich environment in which residents develop healthy, holistic living practices and cultivate a sense of positive energy and self-worth that will guide them in becoming empowered, self-confident, nurturing women, mothers, daughters, companions, and employees.
To realize these outcomes, YMRP programming is creatively designed to be interactive, experiential and cognitive.
- Residents will be able to identify with and appreciate their spiritual, sexual, creative, intellectual and physical selves.
- Residents will demonstrate nurturing relationships within themselves and with their children.
- Residents will demonstrate development in life skills, career preparation, professional development, goal setting skills, family and resource management, and decision making/problem solving skills.
- Residents will journal and regularly assess their personal objectives.
This program is geared towards creative young women who are seeking to become better versions of themselves with clear, ambitious goals for herself, as well as for each member of her family. She believes that she will benefit from a collaborative, supportive and intensive, structured program rooted in a historic and culturally rich community.
The program is designed to strengthen oneself in the following six key areas:
- Academic Excellence
- Career Development
- Financial Management
- Parental Responsibility
- Emotional/Physical/Spiritual Awareness
- Relationship/Community Building
To be eligible for YMRP, applicants must meet the following prerequisites:
- Must be a single mother between the ages of 18 - 26.
- Must be eligible for public benefits such as Medicaid/CHIP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Applicants must have full custody of at least one child under the age of 17. (Limit two (2) children per participant)
- Have children enrolled and regularly attending a public/private school or daycare.
- Must be employed part-time, 20 hours per week maximum.
- Must be able toprovide income documentation from independent sources such as Social Security benefits, employment paycheck stubs, TANF, child support, and SNAP award letters. This documentation must be current and submitted with application.
- Must be enrolled in an educational program: four-year college or university, associate degree program, or vocational training program; and have a grade point average of 2.5 must be maintained for the semester and overall. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted; both transcripts and a current class schedule must be submitted with the application.
- Must have or obtain health insurance for myself and my children within the first 30 days of entering the program and be willing to connect to health insurance resources.
- Must understand that Project Row Houses is a Non-Profit Organization, using art as a vehicle to create everyday practices that uplift and move individuals to self-determination and self-sufficiency, all while creating an avenue to build deeper relationships with each other and the community.
- Must understand that pets are prohibited in YMRP.
- Must understand that PRH explicitly prohibits the use, possession, solicitation for, or sale of narcotics or other illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco or prescription medication without a valid prescription. This policy applies to residents and visitors.
- Must understand that pursuant to Sections 30.06 and 30.07 of the Penal Code, PRH explicitly prohibits the possession, both concealed and open carry, of firearms on PRH property. This policy applies to residents and visitors.
- Must be willing to honor YMRP Program Commitments that support an intensive yearlong partnership with Project Row Houses including:
- Daily Curfew:
- Sundays through Thursdays: 10:00 p.m.
- Saturdays and Sundays: 2:00 a.m.
- No overnight intimate partners. All overnight guests must be granted permission in advance.
- Weekly Meetings and Check-In’s with YMRP Staff and collaborators
- Volunteer Opportunities [with focus on empowerment, family and community growth]
- Daily Curfew:
Benefits and Amenities
- Weekly relevant workshop series on six key areas by various facilitators, wellness specialists and community leaders through personality tests, career assessment tools and self-efficacy support.
- Ongoing deep engagement that supports each YMRP resident individually and collectively.
- Opportunities to build ongoing relationships with community members who support each YMRP resident as a friend, coach, advisor and mentor.
- Experience an array of art programs through PRH.
- A fully furnished residence for participant and her family.
- Quality nurturing childcare during mandatory programming.
- An intentional, creative community that includes artists, PRH team members, PRH founders, community partners, business and community leaders, and cultural workers.
Apply to YMRP
To apply for an opening in YMRP, please download the application and submit a completed copy to email@example.com.
Once an applicant has completed the interview process, she will be contacted via phone or email concerning the status of her application. An Occupancy Fee is required for all participants. This fee ranges between $250 and $350 per month, determined on a sliding scale basis, based on the participant’s income. This fee covers the usage of the facility and utilities. The fee is revisited on a quarterly basis during the participant’s stay in the program.
Support the Young Mothers Residential Program
Through this program, Project Row Houses provides a solid safety net for young single mothers striving to build a better life for themselves and for their children. This is just one of the many ways in which we uplift our community through long-term investment and commitment to individuals and groups in our community. These programs are made possible through the generous support of individuals like you. If you would like to join our Community of Supporters, you can do so by donating or through the purchase of items on the YMRP Wishlist.
Lisa A. Mason
R. Alex Kendall
Please contact PRH at 713.526.7662 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in serving on the YMRP Advisory Committee.
Installation shot of The Faces of PRH, Caroline Ryan, 2016. Photo by Alex Barber