Agape provides transformational housing and services to Woman Head of Household families. These families successfully become independent through facilitating access to stable, safe, affordable and effective housing and childcare. These services allow them to work, support their family, and acquire skills necessary to earn a living wage. These critical needs are currently unmet in Collin County because the existing social service infrastructures have been outpaced by the growing need.
Safe, stable, affordable housing is so grossly inadequate it is effectively non-existent in Collin County – there are NO emergency shelters in Collin County.
- Samaritan Inn of McKinney, which has 161 beds and is the largest source of transitional shelter in Collin County, turned away over 3,700 qualified individuals seeking shelter LAST YEAR due to inadequate capacity.
- Hope’s Door, which has 22 beds and is the only domestic violence shelter in Plano, turned away 450 eligible persons.
- Emily’s Place, which provides victims of domestic violence safe housing and transformational programs for up to 2 years, will begin to expand its capacity from 12 to 30 beds.
- CITY House and My Friend’s House provide 36 beds for children and youth…but this is inadequate considering PISD has identified over 400 children and youth who are effectively homeless and over 15,000 children in PISD (or over 28 %!!) are eligible for free and reduced lunch programs.
All of these housing agencies work hard to service the growing need; but it is simply not enough.
It takes a village – the Agape Village.