The Florence House provides that opportunity, right here in our community.
Now let’s rally together for the third year in a row and help these women meet their basic needs. Our Toiletry Drive benefits the chronically homeless women seeking refuge at the Florence House by providing them with the basic toiletries that they have little access to.
ABOUT THE FLORENCE HOUSE
Did you know that the incidence of sexual assault among homeless women is more than 20x greater than that of the rest of the population?*. That 44% of women have been sexually assaulted while homeless?* Or, that 70% of women report that they have stayed in a domestic violence situation because they have no other place to go?* Rehabilitating these women in secure, effective housing reduces these statistics drastically.
Florence House provides safe, supported permanent housing to chronically homeless women in Portland. Part of their vision is that no woman will ever again have to sleep on a mat on the floor of a shelter in Maine.
“Once people have a home and are off the street and no longer worried about day-to-day survival, they…work on improving their lives. The stability of having a home is key”
Portland Press Herald, “Solutions for Homelessness: Homes”