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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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Dana’s Story

Dana’s Story

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

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Amy’s Story

Amy’s Story

“This is not OK; this is not who I will be; I will love my children; violence will not be allowed in my home.”

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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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William’s Story

William’s Story

William Spratley flicks through the text messages on his phone until he finds the one he’s been looking for. It’s from his 27-year old daughter, Ameya, and it’s the last words he will ever exchange with her.

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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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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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Renee’s Story

Renee’s Story

Renee Norris Jones experienced 7 years of domestic violence at a time when few resources existed to help victims escape abuse.

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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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Sarah’s Story

Sarah’s Story

Sarah joined Women Against Abuse in September 2010 through a partnership program with the German peace and volunteer organization ARSP.

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Overbrook Presbyterian’s Story

Overbrook Presbyterian’s Story

The Women’s Dining Circle of Overbrook Presbyterian Church knows how to make fundraising down right fun. In January, the Dining Circle hosted a dinner that raised over $1,200 for Women Against Abuse.

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