Displaced Homemakers Program


“More than finding a job … the Displaced Homemaker Program helps clients develop life skills and work skills that allow them to be economically self sufficient.”


North Carolina’s Displaced Homemaker Programs, funded by the NC Council for Women, is a the nationwide network of programs that include over 1,000 training programs that focus on education, vocational skills, job counseling, health and more.

The services are designed to assist those who previously provided unpaid household services in their home and now find themselves in a situation where they need to become economically self-supporting. Specifically, those who find themselves in this situation and lack the training or experience to secure employment.

This type of displacement often happens when a spouse looses their job, becomes disabled or dies. Services are also available to people who were dependent on the income of another household member and are no longer supported by that income, due to the end of alimony payments, child support or government assistance.  

North Carolina’s Displaced Homemaker Programs (DH Programs) strive to support clients beyond worker training, beyond social services, and beyond individual counseling.

 Vision Statement

Every family in North Carolina has the opportunity to become economically self-sufficient.

 Mission Statement

The mission of the Displaced Homemaker Program is to support and educate families in various stages of economic and employment life transitions.

The History of Displaced Homemakers

From a modest, grassroots origin, the nationwide network of DH Programs has grown to include over 1,000 training programs that focus on education, vocational skills, job counseling, health and more. The history of this program helps to highlight its importance on the national and community level.

As the divorce rate soared during the early 1970s, many women found themselves “fired” from their jobs as homemakers. Unable to demonstrate the necessary work experience or job training, these women found it difficult to obtain employment and secure economic stability for themselves and their families. In this turbulent social climate, two California women formed the roots of the Displaced Homemaker Movement.

Today DH Programs are distinct from general job training and search programs, as they strive to assist men’s and women’s efforts toward economic self-sufficiency, emphasize the identification of careers that will provide long term support and a realistic, livable income for families.

Types of Assistance Offered

DH Programs empower clients to meet long-term goals in a variety of ways:

  • by providing funds for training, tuition, books, or certification fees
  • by increasing their opportunities for careers through assessments, resume building, and interview preparation
  • by encouraging self sufficiency through workshops that focus on basic skills, computer skills, health education and preventive healthcare, financial literacy, or other topics
  • by supporting the client with job counseling and case management support

North Carolina’s DH Programs also have a commitment to hiring staff who were themselves displaced homemakers.

If you think you or someone you know might be eligible for the Displaced Homemaker’s Programs, please call or email LeeAnn at Hope Harbor. (910 754-5726).