Young Mother’s Supportive Housing Program

Spirit Valley Programs     Early Childhood Education Center

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Spirit Valley Young Mother’s Supportive Housing Program

YWCA of Duluth’s Spirit Valley Young Mother’s Supportive Housing Program offers supportive housing to young mothers (ages 16-21) and their infants. YWCA of Duluth opened this program in October of 2003 to support young pregnant women/young mothers on a path to economic self-sufficiency. Besides providing safe, supportive housing, advocates help with access to medical care, education, employment and childcare assistance when needed. The services include: case management, parenting classes, money management, self-esteem enhancement, life skills and homework assistance. They also must be in school or working to be in the program. In 2012, the program served 22 mothers and 22 children. All were at-risk and homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless upon entering the program. This year, the young mothers are also participating in the Circle of Security program that gives them the skills and tools to be successful parents.

HOUSING – Secure facility includes:

  • seven apartments providing a safe environment for young moms 16-21 and their children

  • efficiency apartments have a bathroom and kitchenette

  • rent is based on income

  • section 8 vouchers will be used for those who qualify

  • staffed 24/7

  • smoke free and alcohol free environments

CHILDCARE –

  • The facility has a fully licensed, culturally responsive Early Childhood Education Center open to residents and the community.

  • Eligible parents may obtain childcare assistance through St. Louis County Social Services.

EDUCATION –

  • All residents are required to enroll in a high school, a GED program, trade or vocational school or college. Tutoring assistance is available.

SUPPORTIVE SERVICES –

YWCA of Duluth’s housing director and spirit valley case manager coordinate supportive services for young moms including:

  • an individual supportive services plan

  • budgeting classes

  • parenting classes

  • employment assistance

  • …and more

LOCATION –

Located within a two mile radius are:

  • eleven parks and playgrounds

  • two clinics

  • five schools

  • post office

  • shopping areas

  • public library

  • fire department

  • grocery store

TRANSPORTATION –

A Duluth Transit Authority bus stop is located across from YWCA Spirit Valley.