Maternity Group Home for Teens
278 South Orange Avenue,
Newark NJ 07103
The Harmony House Maternity Group Home provides transitional housing to teenagers and young adults who are pregnant or already parenting, but find themselves homeless. Harmony House has recently renovated several apartment units specifically to provide housing for pregnant or parenting teens from the ages of 16 to 21 years old. This provides the young mothers an opportunity to access health care, education, child care and social services while living in a safe environment. By surrounding the young women with a host of supportive services, they are able to concentrate on being good mothers, reaching their educational and vocational goals and moving toward self-sufficiency. In addition to on-site child care in the Harmony House Early Learning Center, the young women are also provided with counseling and individual case management by a caring and concerned staff. There is 24-hour supervision and a set of strict rules by which the young women must live.
About Harmony House
Harmony House opens its doors to homeless families who are in need of transitional housing and social services, with the primary goal of increasing self-sufficiency by helping families move from homelessness to permanent housing. The length of stay at Harmony House is determined by individual circumstances but the average ranges from six to nine months. As the largest transitional living facility in New Jersey, Harmony House has earned an excellent reputation for the array of comprehensive services it provides to homeless families and children.
Residents are encouraged to take advantage of child care, job training and other resources available through the New Community network.
Eligibility Rules for Harmony House Maternity Group Home
The eligibility requirements: residents must be 16 to 21 years of age, single, female, in need of housing and are either pregnant or parenting. Because some of the residents in the program will share living space, it is particularly important to screen applicants carefully and not admit those who appear to pose a safety risk to other residents.
Who We Serve
Harmony House Maternity Group Home program serves a very disadvantaged population with many special needs.
How To Get Into Our Maternity Group Home Program
Potential residents typically complete a detailed application form.
The information gathered on these forms helps the program assess the needs of new applicants and helps the program detect issues that may create problems after the applicant is admitted. In addition, the program staff will conduct background checks as part of the application process and a pregnancy test.
An on-site initial psychological assessment will be performed by our Mental Health Specialist as an additional means of detecting potential problems and determining service needs. A face-to-face meeting with applicant is required before admittance to the program.
During the meeting, staff will conduct detailed interviews with applicants and referring agency and carefully review the rules and expectations of the program to determine, identify and consider multiple factors, including the level of need and whether they would fit in well with other residents at Harmony House in general.
Harmony House has successfully relocated 90 percent of youth into permanent housing, and 100 percent of all youth has moved on to secondary education and employment. The goal of the program is to:
- Provide safe, stable, supervised living accommodations to homeless young people that will enable them to participate in program activities with long-term beneficial results, and that will reduce or eliminate the risk of their involvement in self-destructive or antisocial activity.
- Develop the skills, attitudes and personal characteristics that will enable homeless youth to live independent, productive lives with reduced subsequent dependence on social services or involvement in the judicial or correctional system.
- Reduce the incidence of substance abuse among homeless youth through education, counseling and treatment and through involvement in constructive, purposeful activities that raise self-esteem, develop leadership skills and encourage community involvement.
- Improve the health and well being of homeless youth through providing referrals and access to physical and mental health care and through providing education and information regarding personal health maintenance.
- Provide homeless youth with the skills, resources and referrals to prepare for, obtain and keep employment.