Phoenixville Women’s Outreach works to move previously homeless women to self-sufficiency by providing resources and tools needed to break the cycle of dependence and poverty. We provide transitional housing, support and intervention to single women experiencing homelessness in Phoenixville and bordering communities. We also provide affordable housing for women upon leaving the transitional house once they are ready to showcase their self-sufficiency.
- To provide transitional housing for homeless and low-income women in greater Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
- To provide resources and support as women work to break the cycle of dependence and poverty
- To empower women to become self-sufficient and independent
- To enhance skills and maintain success in self-sufficiency
“After the turmoil of having nowhere to go, The House gave me peace.” – The House Program Participant
The House has five bedrooms, two full baths, two living rooms, a dining room and laundry. It is centrally located in Phoenixville near public transportation, banks, shopping, the post office, Phoenixville Area Community Service (PACS) and downtown.
Any individual identifying as a woman can apply to the program online and will be asked to undergo interviews with staff to review guidelines, policies, and process. Those who are a good fit for the program are invited to move into The House. We are not able to accomodate any woman currently using alcohol and/or drugs and so those who aren’t a good fit for our services are referred to other social services and resources.
Once in the program, we provide safe housing, food, and basic needs of life for our participants, in addition to individual work with our staff to develop a personalized plan with the steps necessary to return to independence. Resources and services are provided to empower the women to learn and develop new skills, such as:
- Basic life skills
- Job re-training
- Coping Skills
. . . all with the objective of achieving successful independence.
“The best thing that has resulted from my stay at The House was that I learned to save. Before coming to The House, I spent everything I earned. Now I know how to save and have continued to do so.” – The House Program Participant
The Next Step House
When women are ready to leave The House, the biggest obstacle they face is finding affordable housing. Phoenixville Women’s Outreach has purchased a second house to serve as the next step for women ready to showcase their self-sufficiency. The Next Step House can accommodate four women in a shared apartment each with their own bedroom. Rent is determined on a sliding scale on a case-by-case basis.