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Sojourner House

Program Summary

Sojourner House, Women Against Abuse’s transitional housing program, provides long-term housing and supportive services to domestic violence victims. The program provides family apartments for women and their children for up to 18 months. Supportive services provided include:

  • Case management
  • Group counseling
  • On-site child care
  • After school and summer school programs
  • Economic management education
  • Parenting and life skills education

Clients can enter the long term housing facility at the recommendation of the Office of Supportive Housing after staying in the Women Against Abuse emergency safe havens or another shelter in Philadelphia.


Program Detail

Transitional housing provides a critical stepping stone, after emergency shelter, toward safety and self-sufficiency for families who have become homeless as a result of domestic violence.

Sojourner House provides a crucial link in the continuum of care for victims of domestic violence. Women Against Abuse’s safe havens must assist residents to exit quickly in order to have room for the next person in need of emergency assistance; yet, the maximum ninety days is not enough time for many people to reach a point of living on their own. By providing the longer-term support, Sojourner House increases the chances that a family will not have to return to an abusive home.

Sojourner House provides up to 15 families at a time with housing and supportive services. Residents meet with an assigned case manager, who helps women meet self-determined housing, financial, education and career goals. Residents participate in weekly meetings that include life skills workshops on topics such as financial literacy and employment. Clients may also meet with an on-site behavioral therapist to address the impact of domestic violence on psychological well-being. Staff run children’s education services for pre-school and school-aged children through day and after-school programs. Children at Sojourner House also participate in the Young Survivor’s Summer Camp.


 

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