November 15, 2021 — (Wilmington, Delaware) — Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington was awarded the Maternity Group Home Grant from the Department of Health and Human Services – Administration for Children and Families.
Bayard House will use this three-year $250,000/year grant to support pregnant and parenting youth ages 16 to under 22 years of age and their dependent children.
Bayard House is the only licensed residential program in Delaware serving homeless, pregnant, and newly parenting youth (ages 16 to under 22) and their dependent children. Delaware’s most recent Point-In-Time Survey of the homeless population demonstrates the need for Bayard House services; a one-day “snapshot” revealing 42 homeless unaccompanied youth, 17 of whom were parents caring for 21 dependent children in the State of Delaware. The well-documented risks of teen childbearing to both mother and children, as well as the risks of homelessness during pregnancy and childhood, further demonstrate the necessity of Bayard House to serve Delaware’s pregnant and parenting homeless youth.
Bayard House provides ten beds in a fully supervised maternity group home and supportive services to promote a successful transition to sustainable living and well-being for Delaware’s homeless, pregnant, and parenting youth (ages 16 to under 22) and their dependent children.
“Catholic Charities is very grateful to Delaware’s U.S. Senators and Representative, the Governor of Delaware and Mayor of Wilmington, who all supported our application,” said Mr. Fritz Jones, Catholic Charities’ Executive Director. “We thank them for their enthusiastic endorsement of the work of Bayard House.”
“Every Delawarean, regardless of their income or situation, should have access to safe, decent, and affordable housing,” U.S. Sen. Chris Coons said. “It’s without question that a stable and secure environment is essential to their success and the overall strength of communities. That’s why I’m thankful for the work of Catholic Charities and its maternity program that provides housing, counseling, and employment services to homeless, pregnant, or newly parenting adolescents, young women, and their babies. I will continue to fight for robust federal funding for organizations and projects that provide care for families here in Delaware and across our nation, which is paramount to our collective success.”
“I am ecstatic that Catholic Charities Bayard House was selected to receive this additional funding from the Department of Health and Human Services,” said Representative Blunt Rochester. “Organizations like Catholic Charities are vitally important to helping young mother’s combat homelessness, prepare for the workforce, and develop basic life skills. As a mother, I know firsthand how important it is to have a safe and stable home to raise your child. With this additional funding, Catholic Charities will be able to continue providing young mothers with opportunities to secure affordable housing and resources to help them gain full independence and self-sufficiency. I look forward to seeing how Catholic Charities will use these funds to improve the lives of countless mothers and children living in the First State.”
Catholic Charities, the social service arm of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, has been serving those in need for over 191 years, offering a wide range of services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. More information about the ministry of Catholic Charities is available at cdow.org/charities.
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