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Grant for Runaway and Homeless Youth awarded
RUMFORD -- Rumford Group Homes Inc. has been awarded a five-year grant to establish a Maternity Group Home Transitional Living Program for pregnant and parenting youth in Oxford County from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau.
This service will allow the agency to provide a range of critical services for homeless pregnant and parenting youth in the area.
The purpose of this maternity group home is to provide supported housing that helps young homeless pregnant and parenting females ages 16-21 with an array of supports and services. These services are designed to help them become self sufficient, better parents and decrease the probability of additional pregnancies until they have developed and practiced the skills to be independent including financial self-sufficiency.
Utilizing a positive youth development approach, the program will offer stable housing in scattered site apartments as well as supports to young mothers and their children who do not have a place to live.
The program will address a wide range of needs for teenage mothers and their children in a predominantly rural part of the State of Maine by positively impacting areas such as pregnancy outcomes, health of newborns, parenting style, maternal well-being and economic self-sufficiency and child development.
The underlying intent of the program is in keeping with the objectives of the federal legislation, promoting the self-sufficiency of young mothers while at the same time emphasizing the well-being of their children by providing safe and appropriate shelter, basic life skills, educational advancement, housing and money management skills, career planning and physical and mental health care.
All participants will receive case management, supportive services, and aftercare services.
Alan Monier, executive director of Rumford Group Homes, states, “This grant is extremely important because there are many homeless youth in our rural communities who are often overlooked. Many youth are living with friends and relatives and we will be able to deliver targeted services to them to help them gain skills to be independent and successful parents.”
“Stable housing and access to supportive services are critical to helping these young women and their children get back on their feet,” said Rep. Mike Michaud. “Rumford Group Homes has long been a leader in the region for helping homeless youth, and I’m confident that this grant will lead to additional gains in improving health outcomes and economic self-sufficiency.”