In 1981, a task force of 55 private and public service agencies came together to discuss the homeless and other need issues in Toledo. From this, a subcommittee determined that there was a select group of the homeless population not being cared for -- single women with chemical dependecy.
It was for this group that Harbor House was founded. Ms. Glenda Wilson was hired as the first Director of Harbor House; a deed and title were received for a six bedroom house at 3322 Cherry Street in Toledo. With strong support of the Harbor House Board and numerous volunteers, the once abandoned house was renovated. With the asistance of a state start-up grant and other donations, Harbor House officialy opened on August 16, 1989.
Harbor House's target population are the indigent and low income females in recovery who lack a safe, sober, structured living environment, and who have a history of recidivism through the criminal justice and substance abuse systems. The vast majority of the women in our program have no income, and a few are receiving social security income benefits. All are below 35% of median income.