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Construction moving along for new House of Hope building

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An expansion project which hopes to help homeless single mothers is beginning to take shape.

Construction is moving along for Waterloo's new House of Hope building. House of Hope has been helping single mothers and their children for the past 22 years.

With a consistent waiting list of more than 40 mothers, they've outgrown their current space off of Walnut Street. The new building will have 15 apartments inside compared to the current 10. The building was a generous donation from the family of late Dr. Christensen, who owned a dental practice in the location.

Director Karin Rowe says, "It is huge for us to have the increase in space to provide quicker access for these families to get in and start breaking down those barriers in order to get back out in the community."

House of Hope is not a shelter, but also a support system for women. It's a place where they are surrounded by support and encouragement. 

Rowe says, "I can help these moms become self-sufficient so they can raise their kids in a safe stable environment and kids don't have to go home to broken, to hungry, to possible homeless all because they know they will always be safe and in a good environment."

The new building off of W. 4th Street is set to open in March.

The agency also has big plans for their current office, located at 306 Walnut St. Rowe says they plan to convert the space into a prevention program for young women aging out of foster care. 

"We find that to be the highest risk of becoming a homeless single mother," said Rowe. "Stats show 71% of these ladies are pregnant by the time they're 21. And 20% are homeless the day they age out. 80% by the time they're 24 have experienced homelessness."

 For more information on the House of Hope, visit their website: http://www.houseofhopeccd.org/

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