The mission of the Chase Home is to carry out the legacy of Hester Chase Ridout by her Will of 1886, by supporting women to overcome hardships, achieve stability and have safe housing; and utilize the Chase-Lloyd House to support this mission.
The Chase Home will be recognized for supporting women facing hardships, for preserving and repurposing the historic Chase-Lloyd House and for being a vital community partner.
The Chase Home relies on donations to help fund operating costs associated with supporting women facing hardships.
Hester Chase Ridout, by her Will of 1886, established a trust for her property at 22 Maryland Avenue and set forth in her Articles of Incorporation a company to be named The Chase Home and controlled by a Board of Trustees for the purpose of providing housing for women suffering the" viccissitudes of life." In 1889, the Chase Home was established. For more than 130 years, the Chase Home has been operating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to provide a boarding house for aged, destitute and infirm women at the historic
Chase-Lloyd House. The organization has served hundreds of women since its founding.
While we are no longer operating as an independent living facility for women today, we utilize the house to support our mission.
The Chase-Lloyd House is a unique among the many historic homes of Annapolis, in that it has always been a self-sustaining National Historic Landmark. It exists as a monument to Georgian architecture and an important part of American history.
No longer able to house lone women onsite, the Chase Home is committed to assisting housing insecure women offsite with the following goals:
Housing insecurity is an ongoing issue for Anne Arundel County families. Seventy-five percent of these families are single women who are head of household with children. Now with the recent expiration of an eviction moratorium, many women are challenged with increasing housing costs and are at risk of homelessness.
Chase Home Supports Women Facing Eviction
The Chase Home partnered with Civil Justice, Community Legal Services and Arundel Community Development Services in support of the County Executive's Renter Eviction Avoidence Program (REAP). Since August 2021, the Chase Home has provided funding to prevent eviction of single women, many with families, who reside in Anne Arundel County.
Based on the success of the program, the Chase Home Board of Trustees pledged additional funds in support of the programs that prevent eviction of women in Anne Arundel County. Chase Home's rent eviction prevention funding programs have made a positive impact on these women's lives, allowing them to keep their homes.
Chase Home provided housing assistance to a total 48 women and 75 children. Most of the women's financial hardships arise from recent job loss, loss of spouse, chronic illness, disability and the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis, contributing to their housing insecurity.
Chase Home's emergency rent eviction prevention funding made a positive impact on these women's lives, allowing them to keep their homes.