Imagine being homeless for the holidays.
HEARTH works hard within Allegheny County to build partnerships to help homeless families, to educate the public about this ever-growing problem, and to identify the faces of these families … women with children.
The root cause of homelessness happens at the intersection of poverty and violence. When a woman leaves an abuser, she often has no money or options.
At HEARTH, we address the root cause of this issue among women with children. At HEARTH, moms are required to attend secondary schooling or a job training program so they can become economically self-sufficient.
DID YOU KNOW?
Among mothers with children experiencing homelessness, more than 80% experienced domestic violence.
Safety and stability does not just affect mom, it also benefits her children. 21% of homeless children repeat a grade because of frequent absence from school. (Compared to 5% of other children)
Between 94-99% of domestic violence survivors have also experienced financial abuse, which involves controlling a victim’s ability to acquire, use and maintain financial resources.