About us
Our Story
“This was a change from other parenting programs. Here I am an active participant. It makes me feel that I am really giving something to my group members while learning from them also.”
Young Parent
April, 2015

How we started

While employed by the Red Hook Initiative, Samora Coles, a local Red Hook, Brooklyn resident, was asked to identify a need in the community and build a program for it. Having been a young mother herself, she recognized that many young mothers in public housing had little guidance and support. Ms. Coles felt a desire to provide emotional sustenance, knowledge, and skills. In the winter 2013, The Alex House Project (AHP) became operational under her direction.

The people we serve

The Alex House Project (AHP) is a 501c3 nonprofit, peer-led social service and leadership development organization.  We support pregnant and parenting mothers living in NYC, particularly Brooklyn where we are based.

Our target populations are pregnant and parenting young women of color who are directly affected by poverty and racism, including homeless youth, new immigrant youth, and parenting youth in foster care.

Our base in Red Hook, Brooklyn is home to New York’s largest NYCHA development, housing over 11,000 people in 2,878 apartments. Ninety percent of the tenants are people of color, as are most AHP participants. We are as racially and ethnically diverse as New York City.
Our Vision
The Alex House Project envisions a world in which low-income families benefit from comprehensive supports, and young mothers, in particular, successfully transition into parenthood, with access to parenting training, higher education, and employment.
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Why The Alex House Project?

Helping with Education
Less than 2% of teenage moms get a college degree by age 30.
Educating at-risk populations
In 2008, the teen pregnancy rate among African-American and Hispanic teen girls, ages 15 to 19, was over two and a half times higher than the teen pregnancy rate among white teen girls of the same age group.
Uplifting young families
More than half of all mothers on welfare had their first child as a teenager. In fact, two-thirds of families begun by a young, unmarried mother, are poor.