Sojourner House Housing

A Motivating Transition

Since its inception in 2004, Sojourner House MOMS (Motivation Opportunities Mentoring Spirituality) has provided safe, independent housing and supportive services for homeless, single, dual-diagnosed women in recovery and their dependent children.

The MOMS program focuses on strengthening family relationships, promoting self-sufficiency, long term sobriety, and mental health.

Individuals eligible for Sojourner House MOMS program must be:

  • Homeless & referred by the Allegheny County Link (1-866-730-2368)
  • 18 years or older who can provide proof of child custody or a current reunification plan if children are housed with someone other than the applicant
  • Dually diagnosed with drug or alcohol addiction & a mental health disorder
  • At least 90 days clean
  • Able to provide documentation of 90 days treatment attendance or successful completion of a treatment program

In addition, applicants must be willing to meet program expectations and work toward:

  • Drug &/or alcohol recovery
  • Mental health recovery
  • Employment & training
  • Self-sufficiency

Get Help

If you have a loved one in need of treatment or are a referring social agency, we’ll walk you though the admissions process.

For admission information, please call Sojourner House MOMS at 412-361-1213.

Our mission is to shelter people in recovery and their children to confidently transition into the community.

Housing Services

Sojourner House MOMS supports mothers in early recovery from addiction and mental illness and their children. During their stay families receive:

  • Safe, affordable housing
  • Job readiness and educational opportunities
  • Case management and referrals to community resources
  • Life skills and parenting counseling
  • Educational, recreational, and addiction prevention activities for the children

Our Negley Place neighborhood is a truly supportive community.  Residents can participate in a sustainable community gardening program, as well as a block watch.

Positive Results

  • 57 adults were provided with supportive housing and services during the 2014-15 fiscal year
  • 92 children resided in the programs with their parent
  • 17 children were legally reunified with their parents*
  • 20 adults (35%) were working
  • 8 (14%) were going to school (higher education or trade school)
  • 17 households moved out of the program. Of those:
    • 11 (65%) graduated and moved to independent housing
    • 3 relapsed
    • 3 left the program for other reasons
  • 17 (46%) of the children in school made the honor roll or the high honor roll.


*Allegheny County Department of Children, Youth and Families estimates it costs $1,000/month, per child, for children remaining in the child welfare system.

Goals

Sojourner House MOMS is pleased to be a part of the Negley Place Neighborhood Alliance, a neighborhood-based organization with the following goals:

  1. Foster continued economic, ethnic, and cultural diversity by welcoming people of all backgrounds who want to build a future and make our neighborhood their home.
  2. Increasing home ownership by promoting sales, and encouraging the renovation and conversion of rental properties.
  3. Promote quality, affordable housing by supporting landlords who take responsibility for maintaining their properties and are accountable to their tenants and the neighborhood.
  4. Advocate for the repair, renovation, preservation and restoration of all neighborhood properties.
  5. Foster cleaner properties and public spaces by working to reduce and ultimately eliminate trash, litter and illegal dumping.
  6. Improve public safety by expanding participation in blockwatch networks, promoting better communications with the police and supporting on-going crime deterrence programs.
  7. Promote opportunities within the community.
  8. Advance youth opportunities by promoting programs that enrich our younger neighbors through creative play activities, mentoring and role model development.
  9. Support Community Development by partnering with neighboring Community Based Organizations and Community Development Corporations.

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