Community Involvement.  Eternal Impact.

Every year, more than two dozen women and their families complete the program at Laura's Home. As they leave, eager to create a healthy, stable life for their children, they're often faced with an overwhelming obstacle: affordable housing. In Ohio, a single mother working a minimum wage job -- the work most of our guests are eligible for -- must work 100 hours each week to afford a basic two-bedroom apartment. This leaves her with just 68 hours to commute, sleep, and care for her children -- not to mention herself.

The challenges are nearly insurmountable.

For the health of our city and families, we realized that it is imperative that this desperate need be addressed, so we created the New Horizons Housing Collaborative. Through this program, we work with external organizations to find housing solutions for the women and families served by Laura's Home.

Watch Chanelle's New Horizons journey from start to finish in this special documentary series!


How It Works

1. Laura's Home graduate with children selected to begin path to homeownership

2. A blighted home is purchased by the Mission from Cuyahoga Land Bank

3. Renovation costs and volunteers are provided by a local group or individual for total remodel

4. Mother prepares for homeownership with specialized casework and financial planning classes

5. Family moves into home at completion of renovations and homeownership training

6. The Mission transfers home deed to mother after 12-18 months of proven management of full-time employment and home care

7. The cycle of poverty is broken; a woman who was once homeless is now a homeowner

To learn more about starting your own New Horizons Home project, contact us today:

Ashley Field, Community Development Coordinator

(216) 431-3510 : afield@thecitymission.org

Testimonies from New Horizons Homeowners

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