Home Start Expands Maternity Shelter Program for Homeless Young Mothers

October 18, 2013

Organization Opens Its Second Maternity Shelter in Partnership with HomeAid San Diego

San Diego – Oct. 18, 2013 – Providing a safe, secure and supportive housing environment for homeless young mothers, Home Start is expanding its maternity shelter program with the opening of its second maternity shelter location.

The recently-acquired Normal Heights property has been completely renovated, in partnership with HomeAid San Diego, to house five young mothers, ages 18 to 24, and their children. In addition to providing secure housing, Home Start’s maternity shelter program provides supportive services tailored specifically for homeless young mothers, including mental health counseling, self sufficiency training, job training, and nutrition and health education.

“This is truly a life-changing environment for these low-income families,” said Laura Mustari, CEO of Home Start. “By providing for their basic needs, we give young mothers the opportunity to seek education and stability, so they can build a healthy foundation for their families.”

Today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony featured remarks from Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, County Supervisor Ron Roberts, as well as Home Start and HomeAid San Diego representatives, and included tours of the property.

The property’s renovation was made possible through a partnership with HomeAid San Diego, a nonprofit organization, which leverages its relationships in the building and real estate industries to assist nonprofit service providers with their building and maintenance needs. HomeAid San Diego coordinated nearly $40,000 of direct and in-kind donations to help complete the project, including contributions from Pacific Shores Development, which served as the general contractor for the project; Pardee Homes; Acculine Survey; Ingersoll Rand/Schlage; Owens Corning; CBRE; Brickman Group; Howard’s Rugs; General Electric; KTU+A; OJ Insulation; Behr Paint; General Electric and Williams Wood Flooring.
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About Home Start
Home Start was founded in 1972 as one of 16 national Head Start demonstration projects. Since then, Home Start Inc. has become a 501 (c)(3) non-profit agency that provides services to children living in poverty who require immediate, comprehensive solutions to ensure their safety and healthy development. Our mission is dedicated to child abuse prevention and family strengthening services.

Some of our programs include: child abuse treatment services, children’s optimal health and development services, parent-child interaction therapy, bilingual parenting education, family selfsufficiency, tax services and financial literacy, children’s health insurance enrollment, community services for families, individual and family counseling, victims of crime counseling services, maternity shelter program, and financial opportunity center. For more information about Home Start and our programs or to schedule an interview, please call (619) 692-0727 ext. 144 or visit us online at www.home-start.org

About HomeAid San Diego
By leveraging relationships within the building and real estate industries, HomeAid San Diego builds and maintains facilities that help homeless San Diegans get back on their feet. HomeAid San Diego’s support of transitional homeless facilities ensures individuals and families who experience homelessness have the opportunity to rebuild their lives and independence, while avoiding the instability of long-term homelessness. For more information on HomeAid San Diego, visit www.homeaidsd.org or call (858) 793-6292.

Amanda Coates
(619) 692-0727, ext. 113
Price Adams
(714) 313-4636