Through our Homelessness and Housing services, we offer support with accommodation, information, outreach and tenancy sustainment for pregnant women and new mothers who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless.
In many instances, a woman becomes homeless as a direct result of her pregnancy, rather than being homeless and becoming pregnant. There are many reasons for this including living in a house share, family cultural beliefs, migrant issues, partner not wanting a baby, leaving care with little to no supports and pregnancy leading to health complications resulting in job loss.
At Anew, we offer practical, individual support to pregnant women with specific housing and welfare issues. Our accommodation unit Cherry Blossom Cottage, based in North County Dublin, can house four pregnant women who are homeless. This temporary accommodation was upgraded in 2017 to provide 24-hour support for residents, ensuring they always feel safe and supported during their time with us. Furthermore, we work to provide a path-way out of homelessness for the woman and her baby with the assistance of our housing case worker.
We also deliver services on an outreach basis for pregnant women and new mothers who have little to no other support.
No matter what the reason, Anew are here for you. If you find yourself in any of these situations or others, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Addressing Homelessness amongst Pregnant Women
Homelessness is at an all-time high in Ireland, particularly in Dublin. As a result, the numbers of women who are pregnant and homeless are also rising rapidly.
Unfortunately, there is no specific data collection method to count the numbers of women who are pregnant and homeless. In Ireland, women are either counted as a single woman with no dependents, even if pregnant, or a woman with dependent children.
Anew believe that there needs to be a system to quantify the numbers of women who are pregnant and experiencing homelessness implemented urgently. Without a system like this, we cannot plan for solutions, we cannot estimate how many housing units are required, how many emergency family hub units are needed or anticipate any extra pressure on maternity hospitals. The lack of such data makes planning for the arrival of a new baby and the healthcare needs of a new mother very difficult.
In order to gain some kind of control over this situation, Anew is working in partnership with maternity hospitals and other organisations across the country. We have come to the conclusion that one of the clearest solutions to this issue is to implement a coordination role and case manage from the point of pregnancy all the way through to birth and early infancy.
Going forward, Anew will be prioritising this area and are committed to finding a tangible solution to homelessness amongst pregnant women.