To help domestic violence victims rebuild their lives, Sojourner House provides a refuge, a place where they may sojourn for a period of time, taking advantage of valuable resources and the service of a competent, dedicated staff. We consider this sojourn a passage through a temporary phase of their lives, a sensitive time when victims need to trust that they are being taken care of, a time when victims may feel vulnerable but are on their way to strength and independence, step by step.
If you need safe housing because of a domestic violence situation, call our Help Line at:
SAFE HOUSE (EMERGENCY SHELTER)
As domestic violence victims take important steps to reclaim their lives, it is often necessary to move away from the abuser. Sojourner House's Safe House is in an undisclosed location and serves as immediate, safe, temporary housing for survivors and their children. Once there, advocates help residents work on their goals and provide emotional support for the duration of their stay, as well as follow-up care once they've moved to more permanent, safe housing. Our staff also provides information about domestic abuse, case management services, referrals, and educational programs. Each resident's length of stay at our Safe House depends upon their personal situation.
Our Safe Home is fully handicap accessible. Survivors and their children are provided with 24-hour locked and secure shelter and comprehensive services through Sojourner House's network of local resources and service providers. Residents participate in a number of programs designed to help them process the various effects of domestic abuse.
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING (INDEPENDENT APARTMENTS)
Sojourner House also offers a transitional housing program for victims of domestic violence and their children. Transitional housing may only be provided to victims exiting the Safe House, those who are homeless or in need of transitional housing as a result of fleeing a situation of domestic violence/dating violence, or those for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient.
Transitional housing is the bridge to self-sufficiency and permanent housing for our clients. In addition to seeking permanent housing, clients have the opportunity to establish goals and learn skills to work toward economic stability.
Permanent Supportive Housing
In collaboration with Smith Hill Community Development Corporation (CDC), RI Housing, and other community partners, Sojourner House offers permanent supportive housing to victims and their children. Permanent Supportive Housing provides victims with an apartment for as long as they need, and the rent is subsidized based on the client’s income. Survivors are encouraged to attend our housing clinic series and various support groups. Additionally, clients have access to The Sojourner House continuum of programs and services.
To access permanent supportive housing, you must register at www.waitlistcentralri.com and apply to “Sojourner House.”
With funding from The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Continuum of Care and the Consolidated Homeless Fund, Sojourner House is able to offer a rapid re-housing program. The Rapid Re-housing Program allows homeless and fleeing victims to quickly obtain permanent housing by providing financial assistance with rent and utilities for up to twenty-four (24) months. Advocates work with victims to secure benefits and increase their income, that they may successfully maintain housing.