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 meet the following prerequisites:
- Must be a single mother between the ages of 18 - 26.
- Must be low-income (Eligible for assistance with food, medical, cash, daycare, etc.)
- Applicants must have full custody of at least one child under the age of 17.
- Have children enrolled and regularly attending a public/private school or daycare.
- Be employed part-time, less than 25 hours per week maximum.
- Provide income documentation from independent sources such as Social Security benefits, employment paycheck stubs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Food Stamps award letters. This documentation must be current and submitted with application.
- Be enrolled in an educational program: four-year college or university, associate degree program, or vocational training program; and a grade point average of 2.5 must be maintained for the semester and overall. Current transcripts must be submitted with application.
- Have or obtain health insurance for themselves and their children within first thirty days of entering the program and be willing to connect to health insurance resources.
- Must be willing to interview with the YMRP Committee members and PRH staff.
- Candidate 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 guests
- Weekly Meetings and Check-In’s with YMRP Staff and collaborators
- Volunteer Opportunities [with focus on empowerment, family and community growth]
- Daily Curfew:
Apply to YMRP
To apply for an opening in YMRP, please download the application and submit a completed copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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