Domestic Violence Housing

Program Overview

Housing should not be a reason to stay with an abusive partner. We have a few housing support options available for people who have experienced, or are currently experience abuse.  

The Sheila D. Brown Women’s Center 

The Sheila D. Brown Women’s Center is a nine-unit transitional housing program for parents and their children experiencing homelessness who have experienced domestic violence. The housing unit is owned and operated by the Housing Development Corporation, and we provide support services and resources to all families residing there.  
PLEASE NOTE: All clients seeking residency at the Sheila Brown Women’s Center must come from an Office of Homeless Services (OHS) shelter.  
Applicants for the Sheila Brown Women’s Center must: 

  • Be a parent, at least 18 years of age, and identify as a survivor of domestic violence 
  • Be pregnant, have biological children residing with them, and/or have legal custody of non-biological children. A maximum of 2 children can reside with the parent
  • The family must qualify as “homeless” under the City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services (OHS) and/or HUD regulations
  • Complete an interview with our staff that demonstrates their ability to live in and benefit from a highly independent, yet structured transitional housing program

For more information about the Sheila D. Brown Women’s Center, please contact Zachary Davidson by email at or by phone at 215-426-8610, ext. 1240.

Housing First Program

Recognizing that housing and domestic violence are huge components of healthcare and safety, we are able to offer limited support services to survivors of domestic violence through our Housing First Program. For further details, please contact Sydney Rolle by email at or by phone at 215-426-8610, ext. 1295.

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