Our Why?

J&S Brown UHD has identified single mothers has grown so common in America that today 80 percent of single-parent families are headed by single mothersnearly a third live in poverty. Once largely limited to poor women and minorities, single mothers are now becoming the new “norm”. This prevalence is due in part to the growing trend of children born outside marriage — a societal trend that was virtually unheard-of decades ago.

According to 2021 U.S. Census Bureau About 4 out 10 children were born to unwed mothers. Nearly two-thirds were born to mothers under the age of 30. Today 1 in 6 children under the age of 18 — a total of about 12.7 million — are being raised without a father. And 29% jobless the entire year, 22.4% receive unemployment benefits, and only one third of single mothers receive any child support average amount is only $286 a month. Single mothers are much more likely to be poor than married couples. The poverty rate for single-mother families in 2020 was 23.4%, nearly five times more than the rate (4.7%) for married-couple families.

Almost one third (27.7%) of single mother families were “food insecure,” about one-ninth (11.7%) used food pantries, one third spent more than half their income on housing, which is generally considered the threshold for “severe housing cost burden.” Families headed by single mothers are among the poorest households, more than a third lived in poverty, and as such, are extremely vulnerable to homelessness.

Among all homeless families nationwide, about two thirds (60%) were headed by single women with children representing 21% of the total homeless population; nearly half were African Americans (49%).

A majority (62%) of SNAP households with children were single mother households. Only 11% received cash benefits from TANF. Though a small percentage, they represent more than 90% of all TANF families.

Although the Affordable Care Act will give more low-income single mothers access to health insurance, nearly half of these families reside in states that have decline to expand their Medicaid programs.

Among the 14 states not expanding Medicaid coverage, the median eligibility level for parents is just 44% FPL, with only two (2) states — Tennessee, and Wisconsin, covering parents with incomes at or near poverty.

Single mothers often spend over half of their income on housing expenses and a third on childcare, leaving them with less money for educational expenses. Without financial aid, single mother students have little or no means to contribute financially to their educational expenses. One third graduated with a college degree, while one sixth had not completed high school.

About The Founder.

J&S Brown Urban Housing Developers is a start-up not for profit social service nonprofit serving the greater Atlanta GA, Baltimore City areas. The organization was founded by Jewel Jacquelyn Brown and son Co-founder Sadik J Lee Brown who has both the practical experience and the education to lead the organization. Jacquelyn is currently working on assembling a strong Board of Trustees which will be invaluable for the organization.

J&S Brown UHD provides transitional housing and life skill training for single mothers. It helps the women frequently homeless, and single mothers with low income as they move from dependent, often abusive relationships and no career skills into independent, self-sufficient lifestyles. In addition, we assist mothers in child reunification. This is particularly important as 80% of the mothers have children but no custody.

This is the city's women-only facility and the only one with long-term transitional housing. All other shelters only offer 30 days or less of housing whereas J&S Brown UHD offers up to two years. On staff is highly qualified chemical dependency counselor, family reunification with parenting counseling, childcare, educational services, and career building services.

The facility provides an eight-step program that teaches mothers necessary life skills. This collaborative approach to empowerment is the keystone to developing self-sufficiency in the women. The steps include personal development, vocational training, substance abuse counseling, interpersonal skills building, community involvement, money management, and parenting skills.

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The goal is to provide affordable housing and skill training so that women become empowered, independent individuals. J&S Brown UHD services are unique and women- children only services, long-duration transitional housing, and comprehensive empowerment program. J&S Brown UHD will make a significant impact on communities from state to states, in both short-term relief, and long-term skill development and empowerment.

J&S Brown Urban Housing Developers

Mother and Son Revolutionizing Communities

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