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 leavers her with just 68 hours to commute, care for her children, sleep, and care for herself.
The challenges are nearly insurmountable.
The City Mission wants to address this critical needs, so we've 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.
How It Works
1. A stable, employed woman with children who has graduated Laura’s Home's program is selected to begin preparing for home ownership. 2. The Mission purchases a blighted home from the Cuyahoga Land Bank. 3. The Mission partners with a local individual or group that pays and volunteers their own time for a total remodel of the house to make it move-in ready. 4. The recipient takes financial classes and maintains employment during the remodel to prove they can handle home ownership. 5. When the home and training is complete, the woman and her children move into the home. As the recipient takes on financial responsibility by paying the bills and mortgage, the Mission transfers the deed to the Laura's Home graduate. The cycle of poverty is broken. A woman who was once homeless is now a homeowner.