Together we can make a difference
HAVEN Women, formerly the Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House, has served our Veteran community with compassion and respect since 1994.
We have changed our mission to serve female Veterans who are homeless or in transition; as they have fewer options for shelter than their male counterparts, and are a rapidly growing segment of the homeless Veterans population.
Our residents run the gamut in age, socioeconomic upbringing, education and ethnicity but share two commonalities: they are Veterans and they no longer have a safe place to call home. Our job, with help from donors, volunteers and mentors, is to provide a safe, respectful, female-only perimeter for our heroes, as well as the case management and enrichment programs necessary to rehabilitate their mind, body and spirit.
Women Veterans are both the fastest growing segment of the overall Veteran population, and the homeless Veteran population (comprising 10% of the Veteran homeless population1):
- Veteran women are more than twice as likely as non-Veteran women to experience homelessness and twice as likely as civilian women to engage in suicide;
- Approximately 3,600 women Veterans are on the streets any given night2;
- One in 4 Veteran women reported that they experienced MST while deployed3:
- 45% of homeless female Veterans suffer from mental illness including PTSD. 70% of homeless female Veterans suffer from alcohol/substance abuse3.
Located in West Philadelphia, just off of Penn’s Campus and three blocks from the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center, PVCH serves the region’s Veterans by referral from the VA and other Veteran Service Organizations (VSO). Our newly renovated facility is just the beginning for the welfare of the women we serve. We have capacity for twelve (12) women residents at a time. To insure their success in transitioning back to civilian life, we offer basic and extensive resources to our female heroes: case management; 24-hour monitoring; onsite counseling, fellowship and mentoring services; visiting medical professionals; food for three healthy hot meals a day; basic supplies to run the House (cleaning supplies, fresh bedding and towels, paper goods etc); and essential personal items for each resident (toiletries, under garments, warm/cool weather clothing et al), who often arrives at our door with only the clothes on her back. 100% of our income goes directly to programs, supplies, associated resources and dedicated personnel.
From our beginnings in 1994 to today, our mission essentially remains the same, to provide a shared home accommodating homeless Veterans in need. We leave no heroes behind.
Together we can make a difference.
1. U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report pages 52-61
2.VA-funded National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans 2016 Report
3.VA’s National Center for PTSD