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Safe at Home Program

The Women Against Abuse Safe at Home Program provides linkages to permanent supportive housing, relocation assistance and rental subsidies, community-based case management support, options counseling, advocacy and education to help survivors of domestic violence maintain safe and affordable housing while developing financial literacy and life-skills for long-term self-sufficiency. The Safe at Home Program also aims to strengthen linkages between clients and community-based resources in their new neighborhoods for meaningful long-term impact. Clients are better positioned to sustain safe housing and overcome obstacles that may compromise client safety or force them to return to an abuser. Clients in the Safe at Home program are provided with relocation assistance, including security deposits, first and last month’s rent, and/or furniture to help the transition into their new home.

In order to leverage its limited capacity for maximum impact, Women Against Abuse has developed a public-private partnership with Mission First Housing Group, a Philadelphia-based developer, who has provided 45 units of permanent supportive housing for Women Against Abuse clients transitioning into independence. Through this partnership, Mission First provides the units and manages facility operations. Women Against Abuse provides the community-based case management for up to 24 months to ensure survivors are able to maintain safe housing and prevent returns to an abuser due to financial need or homelessness.  In addition, Women Against Abuse has secured funding to provide up to 45 households with temporary rental assistance and subsidized housing so that more survivors can transition into safe communities through the Safe at Home Program.

Through the Safe at Home program, Women Against Abuse is able to sustain a relationship with survivors of domestic violence working to rebuild their lives after trauma in a home they can call their own. Ongoing case management and support helps to transition families into their permanent community, and prevents recidivism into the costly shelter system due to a lack of continued safety planning and support around their abuse.

 

 

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Doreen Davis’ Story

Doreen Davis’ Story

Doreen Davis is a longtime supporter of Women Against Abuse who has used her expertise in traditional labor law to assist WAA for over two decades.

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Sheila’s Story

Sheila’s Story

Sheila arrived at the Women Against Abuse Emergency Shelter after waking up in a hospital emergency room.

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Dana’s Story

Dana’s Story

Former emergency shelter resident Dana*, intelligent and bright-spirited, worked hard for her credentials.

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Mike’s Story

Mike's Story

Mike, a former police detective with the Philadelphia Police Department, has been working as the police liaison for Women Against Abuse, so that he can help survivors in ways he couldn’t as a detective.

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Justine’s Story

Justine’s Story

Justine got to know Eric in college, while working part time at a Virginia-based home improvement store. They began casually dating in 1999, eventually marrying in May of 2006. Looking back, her sister, Lauren, can see the red flags.

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Allison’s Story

Allison’s Story

Allison* cringed at her reflection in the mirror as she gently dabbed concealer over the bruises circling her eye.

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Lonnie & Jordan’s Story

Lonnie & Jordan’s Story

The life-saving work that Women Against Abuse achieves each day would not be possible without the support of advocates in the community.

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Lucia’s Story

Lucia’s Story

Lucia* came to the WAA emergency shelter pregnant and with five children.

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Doug Schoenberg’s Story

Doug Schoenberg’s Story

Doug Schoenberg, Co-Founder and CEO of SofterWare, Inc., recently provided a challenge match through the Schoenberg Family Charitable Fund as an incentive to help Women Against Abuse gain new monthly donors.

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Alyssa’s Story

Alyssa’s Story

Alyssa* had been living with her parents and was restricted to a wheelchair due to under-developed limbs.

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If you or someone you know needs help, call our toll-free 24-hour Hotline:

1.866.723.3014

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