INTERFAITH HOUSING ASSISTANCE CORPORATION OF CHESTER COUNTY
Interfaith Housing Assistance Corporation of Chester County provides case management and financial assistance to help single-parent families with dependent children (under age 18) avoid homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency. To qualify for case management services, single parents must be working. To qualify for rental assistance in addition to case management, single parents must be employed full time. In the 2014 fiscal year, 62 single mothers were directly impacted by Interfaith Housing.
$13,500 General Operating
Over the past 5 years, 10 single mothers have graduated the program after 28-36 months of participation.
Why This Project Matters
Northern, Eastern, Western, Southern Chester County
According to the IRS, there are more than 9,000 families in Chester County headed by single parents who qualify as low income.
According to Brookings Institution researchers, low-income, Black or Hispanic, undereducated, single parents are classified as the "weakest" parents. Their study concluded that only 30% of children with the weakest parents manage to graduate high school and meet defined benchmarks of success (finish with at least 2.5 GPA, avoid being convicted of a crime, and avoid becoming a teen parent). By assisting mothers with rent, coaching them on the many ways to increase their incomes, and underwriting expenses for children's activities, we help strengthen them as parents. This will help prevent homelessness for the next generation who will live and work in Chester County.