Homeless & Pregnant: Finding Emergency or Transitional Housing
Katie was a young woman who worked hard in school and work, attended church regularly, and had big plans for her life. She did not plan on becoming pregnant. The news shocked her family, who insisted that she leave their home immediately.
What could Katie do? What would you do if you were faced with a crisis situation in your life that brought you to homelessness?
First of all it’s important to understand the difference between “emergency” or “crisis” housing, and “transitional housing.” Emergency housing, sometimes called crisis housing, includes shelters and other resources for those who find themselves in need of immediate, temporary assistance until a more permanent solution can be found. These organizations often supply residents with basic needs like food, shelter, and emotional support. Once the basic needs are met, then residents can start looking for work and for better housing opportunities.
Transitional housing is a great next step after emergency or crisis housing. Transitional housing often helps people who are ready to make changes in their lives to become self-sufficient. Mentoring and accountability help the residents in transitional housing to make the leap into a self-sufficient and responsible life, while maintaining the emotional support and friendship needed to flourish. Many transitional housing facilities accept or even focus on women in difficult pregnancy situations, so it’s important to learn what’s available in your community.
In Katie’s case, she contacted a friend who provided emergency housing for her, and then Katie contacted the Valley LIGHT Foundation in her hometown of Winchester to become a guest in Valley LIGHT’s women’s transitional home. Katie and her unborn child are safe and cared for, and well on their way to a self-sufficient life.
If you find yourself facing homelessness, or are in danger of losing your current housing accommodations due to an unplanned pregnancy or other life events, there is help available. Please see the list below for agencies in AbbaCare’s service areas of Winchester, VA and Martinsburg, WV as well as national resources to find help in other areas.
Emergency/Crisis Housing in Winchester, VA:
The Laurel Center (for domestic/sexual violence)
Winchester Rescue Mission
Salvation Army Winchester
WATTS (Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter – open Nov 6 – March 26)
Transitional Housing in Winchester, VA:
New Eve Maternity Home (for pregnant women)
Valley LIGHT Foundation Home for Women
For assistance in permanent housing in Winchester, VA:
Centralized Housing Intake
Emergency/Crisis Housing in Martinsburg, WV:
Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission
608 W. King St, Martinsburg, WV – 25401
Transitional Housing in Martinsburg, WV:
Bethany House – women and children
For Housing Assistance Nationwide:
City Gate Network – Gospel Rescue Missions
AbbaCare is a pregnancy resource center serving women and families facing pregnancies that are unexpected or unexpectedly difficult. To learn more about our free, confidential services, visit abbacare.org.
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