West End Intergenerational Residence (WIR) is a unique mixed-age housing facility catering to three generations. Since opening our doors in 1989, our creative, flexible services and dedicated staff have helped thousands of young families secure housing stability and provided a permanent, affordable home with supportive services to formerly homeless, low-income older adults.
WIR provides temporary housing with support services to homeless young mothers aged 18-24, who are pregnant or with one or two children aged 7 and younger. All families are referred by the New York City Department of Homeless Services.
The homeless mothers we serve are the youngest heads of household in the shelter system. In addition to suffering the trauma of homelessness, roughly two-thirds of these women are also survivors of domestic violence. West End provides these women more than just temporary shelter. During their stay at West End, young mothers receive comprehensive educational, vocational, life skills and child development programming. Our goal is to help women become self-sufficient by giving them the tools and support they need to continue their education, find employment, live independently and break the cycle of violence for themselves and their children. For the children, we provide on-site childcare that not only provides a safe, happy learning environment, but also allows their mothers to participate in programming, work and find permanent housing. We also house an on-site health clinic.
Additionally, WIR is a permanent home to 40 single low-income adults aged 55 years and older who are capable of independent living, are free of alcohol/drug dependence and are without sever psychiatric disorders. Applicants may be referred by the New York City Department of Homeless Services or Community Based Organizations. For these residents, we provide a welcoming and stable permanent home, with a room of their own and the on-site services they need to remain healthy and independent.
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