Q. What is the Women’s Housing Coalition (WHC)?
A. The WHC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing safe, affordable housing and support services to low income individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City.
Q. Why was the WHC founded?
A. The WHC was incorporated in 1980 by a group of women who, after conducting research, learned that women experiencing homelessness were invisible in the community. Due to the lack of resources available for these women, the WHC was created to assist this overlooked population with safe, affordable housing that responded to their unique needs. As the demand for affordable, service enriched housing has evolved, the WHC has expanded its vision beyond only serving women.
Q. Who does the WHC serve and what types of services are provided?
A. The WHC serves those experiencing homelessness, specifically low-income individuals with disabilities and their families. In addition to housing, WHC services include case management, resident advocacy, and life skills training. Services are tailored to meet the needs of each individual or family and are based on their individual situations and goals.
Q. How does someone qualify for WHC programs?
A. To qualify, an individual or family must be living on the streets, in a shelter, or in a place not meant for habitation (last residence must be in Baltimore City); low income; referred to us through the City’s Coordinated Access System; and have a disability (by HUD standards to include physical disability, mental health issues, or chemical addition) that affects their ability to maintain housing.
Q. What type of housing does the WHC provide and how much does it cost?
A. The WHC provides single room occupancy (SRO) housing with onsite services and leases many apartments/houses throughout the city. Residents pay up to 30% of their income.
Q. How can I help the WHC?
A. From goods to dollars to your time, WHC is always in need of donations and community support. The Annual Fundraiser offers sponsorship opportunities, and at any time, corporations and organizations can sponsor the WHC families and/or houses. Click here to learn other ways to help!
Q. How does The WHC define success?
A. The WHC views success as unique to the individual, their situation, and their abilities. Residents are considered “successful” as they continue to accomplish the goals they set upon entry into the program and revise through continued case management.
Q. What is the average length of stay for residents in your program?
A. The beauty of permanent supportive housing is that each resident’s length of stay varies depending on the complexity of their disability and their continued qualification as low-income. There is no set time limit for program completion.
Q. How many participants are in the WHC programs at any one time?
A. The WHC has 99 housing units and serves ~135 people at any one time.