McAuley Village is a two year family-building transitional housing program for single mothers and their children. Our program uses innovative and proven models to move families in to self-sufficiency, and over the past five years, we have had a success rate three times that of the national rate.


The McAuley Village program is rigorous as we inspire and equip women to move out of poverty.







Children’s Friend

With Children’s Friend, we offer expert onsite childcare at McAuley Village starting at 6 weeks old until kindergarten, Early Head Start and Head Start programming. Our hours of operation are 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM.


McAuley Village is a two year family-building transitional housing program for single mothers and their children. Our program uses innovative and proven models to move families in to self-sufficiency and permanent housing.
Continuing to advance the ideals of Catherine McAuley, we inspire and equip women to move out of poverty. Our rigorous program requires improving education, business readiness training, computer and financial literacy, social services and parenting classes. Families live in a secured building featuring 23 apartments and have access to an on-site gym and child care center.

The Village program recognizes the unique background and needs of our families. Working closely with our moms, Individualized Plans for Success are developed and reviewed quarterly to best meet the needs of the families and to ensure a positive outcome in moving to permanent housing. Supportive services are tailored to meet individual needs and may include specialized tutoring in English, help navigating DHS and the public school system, and partnering with DCYF. On-site counselors are provided through our partnership with Sojourner House. The McAuley Village Program offers a variety of programs specific to children such as tutoring, reading groups, school vacation fun days, and a variety of holiday parties. Residents of all ages receive the support they need to thrive and to achieve their very best.

Our Village graduates have become medical assistants, medical technicians, CNAs, nurses, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and school bus drivers. Others have been trained in early childhood education and secured full time employment in child care centers. We have residents who have graduated from CCRI, RIC, Roger Williams, and Brown University. We are proud to say that 90 percent of former residents have not re-entered the homeless system, and have instead moved into stable, sustainable lifestyles.


How to Apply

This is a transitional housing program with 12 – 24 month residency. Residents will be working on education and workforce skill development to assist them to take steps toward self-sufficiency.  All residents are required to work with the Housing Advocate to actively pursue permanent housing.

Qualifying residents receive a rental subsidy from RI Housing, rent is 30% of a resident’s income with a minimum rent of $60.

Qualifications for Applicants include:

  • A single mom with children
  • Homeless or at the risk of imminent homelessness
  • 20+ years of age
  • Must qualify for RI Housing subsidy (Determined at the time of application)
  • Must be willing to create and achieve an Individualized Plan for Success
  • Must be willing to attend mandatory meetings which include but are not limited to parenting skills, workforce development, healthy living, financial literacy, and community building.

Orientation Meeting Schedule

Those interested should attend an Orientation Meeting. In this 45-minute meeting we explain the program, outline the documents required for application, and provide a tour of the Village. Orientations are generally held every other Wednesday at 12:45. Please call to confirm date and to let us know you are coming. 

If you have additional questions, please call 401-467-3630 x 11.


Who can apply to live at McAuley Village?

Any single mother over the age of 20 and who has children under the age of ten and is homeless may apply for residency.

How much is the rent?

Rent is subsidized by Rhode Island Housing’s RoadHome program. Residents must pay 30 percent of their total monthly income (FIP, employment, SSI, DSI, child support, etc.), and there is a minimum rent of $60. All utilities are included.

How can I apply?

The application process begins with an interested mother attending an orientation. This hour-long meeting is held every other Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. at McAuley Village. Those interested are asked to call to confirm meeting dates and to advise if an interpreter is needed. The Resident Service Coordinator will explain eligibility requirements and the program, and an application will be given out at that time.

How long do I have to wait?

The waiting time for an apartment is usually 6 months to a year. In order to be placed on the waiting list, an applicant must submit a complete application including all paperwork. Please note, that not all applicants are accepted into the program. Placement in the Village is determined by the final interview.

What kind of help can I get while living at the Village?

McAuley Village offers an all-inclusive support network. Case management of each resident includes a multi-disciplinary team. Resident Services team includes: Housing Advocate who assists with finding permanent housing, Educational Coordinator who helps moms and children with their education needs, a dedicated Nurse for health education and good parenting habits instruction, workforce development and skills training spearheaded by the Administrator, on-site counseling from Sojourner House for families who have experienced crime. There are frequent workshops and information session on topic such as financial literacy, becoming an excellent employee, best rental practices and more.

There is a process for residents to request financial assistance for basic needs. Our generous donors provide monies for award to residents for educational and work expenses, household needs, and emergency needs.

About Us

McAuley Ministries is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and rooted in the ideals of its founder, Catherine McAuley. Our ministries provide the basic needs of food, shelter, clothing, health services, emotional support and guidance, and respect for the most vulnerable in our community through our core values of Hospitality, Compassion, and Dignity.


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