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PARKS Holistic Housing and Our Motivation Behind It

PARKS Holistic Housing Sisterhood Agenda
Leah Smith
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We are proud of our efforts to develop Sisterhood Agenda’s PARKS Holistic Housing. In today’s climate, awareness of women’s health and safety is becoming more of a concern but there is still room for growth.  

Sisterhood Agenda is a mission-driven non-profit organization that specializes in helping women and children.

PARKS Holistic Housing Sisterhood Agenda

PARKS (Positively Affirming Reality & Knowledge in Sisterhood) Holistic Housing is a community-based project that provides eco-friendly housing using the power of green spaces and sisterhood to promote positive physical, mental, and spiritual health. 

The goal of PARKS Holistic Housing is to house and support 50 women and family members in the Baltimore metropolitan area in Maryland with sustainable eco-friendly homes while preserving several acres of a local natural ecosystem. 

PARKS Holistic Housing is also an example of wellness real estate which means investing in spaces that promote health and maximize emotional well-being, maintaining green preservation to promote walking, biking, clean air, renewable energy, water conservation, and minimizing tree demolition, noise pollution, and traffic.

Oftentimes, women have a hard time finding quality housing where they can feel at home. This could be for a different number of reasons.

Sometimes, women are not safe where they presently live due to interpersonal violence.  Without resources, support, and options, they are unable to leave. Oftentimes, women have children who have to move with them and this can be another barrier. 

If a woman has children, finding not only safe but affordable housing can be a huge struggle. For example, If a woman is working outside of the home and has children, she may be forced to move to less expensive places with a higher crime rate which makes her family more susceptible to violent crime.  She requires childcare services to maintain employment and may require other services, too. 

Human trafficking awareness has become more prevalent in today’s society than in the past, especially in the state of Maryland. Women and children are the most vulnerable victims of human trafficking. Girls as young as eleven are introduced to human trafficking. Human trafficking is easy to get into but can be hard to escape from and feel safe. 

Did you know:

  • Young baby boomers are facing a housing crisis.
  • Living costs are skyrocketing.
  • Pandemic aid is disappearing.
  • Adults 65 and older are the fastest-growing homeless population.

In addition to caring for children, some women have additional duties in caring for aging parents.  Elder housing is also badly needed in Baltimore County.  Other women, like recent college graduates, are younger in age, but often lack life skills, resources, and rental experience, such as financial management, credit, and savings required to move into typical rentals where they want to live.  Some women have been couch-serving since losing gainful employment during the COVID-19 pandemic and lack housing stability, stay, with friends or temporary roommates, and may also have mental health struggles like anxiety or depression.  Everyone’s case is different and we know that:

“Your present circumstances do not define who you are or what you will become.”

PARKS Holistic Housing is a new Sisterhood Agenda initiative.  Rental applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis with all circumstances taken into consideration to ensure that they receive a fair review process, information, and resources that they need.  

PARKS Holistic Housing is near and dear to Sisterhood Agenda because it represents what we strive for:  protecting women and children and bringing women together to support and uplift each other. 

Sisterhood Agenda’s PARKS Holistic Housing not only gives women housing but also gives them a safe and healthy place to stay and call home.

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