Who We Are

Our Mission

The Women's Housing Coalition supports families and individuals with permanent and affordable, service enriched housing.


The Women's Housing Coalition is dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness for women and children by providing affordable housing and supportive services to enable them to sustain social and financial independence.

 The WHC serves homeless, low-income women with disabilities and families.  In addition to housing, WHC services include case management, advocacy and life skills training.  Services are tailored to meet the needs of each woman or family and are based on their individual situations and goals.

Our History

The Women's Housing Coalition was founded in 1979 by a group of women who were distressed by the number of homeless women in Baltimore City with no place to go. By 1980, this group of women began finding buildings where those women living on the streets could go to have a chance at a fresh start. 

In 1990, WHC opened Maryland's first single room occupancy (SRO) project for the homeless and also the first permanent housing facility for homeless women. This residence, the Calverton, is still owned and operated by WHC today. 

The Integration of Housing and Supportive Services

The WHC’s objective is to provide homeless women and children with a range of housing options and opportunities in order to maximize their chances of future independence and self-sufficiency.  The quality of the housing and services provided to our program participants is central to their success.  Women respond directly to the value of the resources being invested in them.  Self-esteem is a crucial component to success for the women in our programs.  A quality living environment says a lot about how we view our residents and allows them to take a similar view of themselves and their potential.

Poverty, homelessness, addiction and mental illness, alone or together, can place enormous barriers in the paths of both women and their children.  The WHC believes that the best response to such barriers is permanent housing combined with the targeted supportive services that help women stay on the path of personal development and growth.

Our Partners

Baltimore Behavioral Health -www.baltimorebehavioralhealth.org
Caroline Center - www.caroline-center.org
Catholic Charities -www.catholiccharities-md.org
Goodwill Industries -www.goodwillches.org
Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO) –www.gedco.org
Health Care for the Homeless -www.hchmd.org
Homeless Persons Representation Project - www.hprplaw.org
House of Ruth - www.hruth.org
Legal Aid Bureau Inc. -www.mdlab.org
Marian House -www.marianhouse.org 
Maryland Food Bank -www.mdfoodbank.org 
Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore - www.nhsbaltimore.org
Strong City Baltimore -www.strongcitybaltimore.org
The Family Tree -www.familytreemd.org 
Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore - www.webinc.org
Young Audiences of Maryland -www.yamd.org

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