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HEARTH is a facility-based transitional housing program for homeless women with children in Allegheny County, PA

Vision: Every family and individual lives in safe, affordable housing.

Mission: To provide a range of supportive services and housing that empowers homeless families, who are survivors of domestic violence or other trauma to become independent, self-sufficient, and adequately housed; to foster low income housing opportunities to prevent homelessness and encourage safe, affordable housing.HEARTH - Homelessness Ends with Advocacy, Resources, Training and Housing

HEARTH was started in 1995 by a group of dedicated volunteers in the North Hills that saw a need for housing for homeless women with children. They raised one million dollars to renovate the former St. Benedict's Academy in Ross Township into 15 self-contained apartments for families in need!

Shortly after the organization opened its doors, it became apparent that most of the 15 families the agency was serving were coming from domestic violence situations. Now twenty - four years later the agency recognizes that domestic violence is the most common cause of homelessness for the families at HEARTH and has clarified its mission specifically to serve this vulnerable population.

In 2011 the Benedictine Sisters sold their property thus ending HEARTH's lease. The sale forced the agency into temporary quarters for approximately 24 months until a new location could be found. Now in a renovated larger facility the organization continues to serve families through a facility-based transitional housing program. The facility includes 20 self-contained apartments, a food pantry, clothing closet, building wide Wi-Fi and computer lab, one on one case management services and so much more.

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