We believe every SOUL is made in the Image of God
 and worthy of love. 

Why SOUL offers Housing Assistance for Pregnant Women

SOUL is here for pregnant women in unstable housing situations.

Poverty should not stand in the way of a woman who wants to keep her child.

No woman should have to worry about meeting her basic needs when she is pregnant.

She is a sanctuary for her unborn child; We are a sanctuary for her.​

Income Loss

Women who need to take off time from work because of the pregnancy don’t always qualify for paid leave.

 

This causes many single pregnant women, who were living paycheck to paycheck, to fall behind on their bills, putting them at risk of eviction if help is not found in time.

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Survival

Homeless women are almost five times more likely to become pregnant than housed women, with most of their pregnancies being unplanned.

 

Some are forced into sex or engaging in 'survival sex' for food, money, shelter, or drugs.

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Poverty

Those below the federal poverty level or cohabiting are 2-3 times more likely to experience unplanned pregnancy.
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Financial reasons are a primary factor in about 40% of women seeking abortions.
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Health Risks

Prenatally homeless women are more likely to experience a low birth rate, preterm delivery or a complication that affects their health during birth.

Living in a shelter is associated with higher rates of hemorrhaging and maternal birth complications.

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Lack of Affordable Housing in the Charleston Area

"Over 200,000 people are identified as cost burdened by the housing costs meaning they cannot afford their rent or mortgage payments, leaving many to have to make very tough financial decisions.
 

Those earning $15 an hour would have to work 54 hours per week to afford a basic two bedroom apartment.
 

Every year our region needs 2600 of affordable units built to keep pace. Right now, less than 10% of that amount is being built each year."

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"211,000 residents spend more than 30% of their income on housing.

N Charleston’s 2016 eviction rate was 16.5%, the highest of any large city in the US, with 10 households evicted every day."

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Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:

   to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke,
   to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
   and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
   and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
   and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
   and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

    Isaiah 58:6-8