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. 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.
YMRP is geared towards young mothers with ambition and goals for themselves and for each member of their family, who believe they will benefit from a structured program. The goals of the program are to strengthen the self in the following key areas:
- Academic Excellence
- Career Development
- Financial Management
- Parental Responsibility
- Emotional/Physical/Spiritual Awareness
- Relationship Building
To be eligible for YMRP, applicants must:
- Be a single mother between the ages of 18 and 26.
- Have physical custody of at least one (1) of their children under the age of 17.
- Have all children enrolled and regularly attending a public/private school and daycare classes.
- Be employed either part-time or full-time.
- Have income documented by independent sources such as Social Security, pay stubs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps award letters, etc. and must be current at the time of admission.
- Be pursuing their education either part-time or full-time in two or four-year college or university and/or accredited training program (wielding, cosmetology, CNA).
- Be in good academic standing with the college or university she is currently attending and maintaining a grade point average of 2.5 both for the semester and overall.
- Honor YMRP schedule program commitments, including weekly meetings, programs and volunteer opportunitiesthat support a year-long focus on self, family, and community growth.
- Be willing to interview with the YMRP Committee members and program staff.
- Provide a current, official transcript at the time of the interview.
- Project Row Houses cannot accept women who are pregnant or suffering from mental illness or drug/alcohol addiction into YMRP.
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