P.O. Box 1436
Erie, PA 16512

(814) 454-8161 Visit Website
Class of Housing/Services: Domestic violence shelter and transitional housing and services.

General Information:
SafeNet is a not for profit organization of dedicated professionals and community volunteers working together to end domestic violence in Erie County. From every city and township in the area, victims and their accompanying children come to us seeking safety and shelter from physical abuse and threats of violence occurring in the home. We open our doors to hundreds of abuse victims each year with compassion and understanding. SafeNet embraces inclusiveness and knows that victimization is not just about women and not just about heterosexual relationships.  Both men and women of any culture, age or sexual preference may suffer from abuse.   Through a wide range of residential and non-residential programs, we help develop the supports needed to break the cycle of abuse and help victims regain a sense of their own dignity. We work closely with hospitals, schools, police, courts and  social services to increase awareness and understanding of domestic violence. SafeNet started as a shelter, Hospitality House, over 30 years ago. Today, we still provide shelter - and much more.   Emergency Shelter Victims of domestic violence and their children are often displaced from their homes when they are forced to flee for their safety from the violence of an intimate relationship. SafeNet's emergency shelter programs are critical in providing victims of domestic violence and their children with physical and emotional safety and sanctuary from abuse. Victims of domestic violence may access emergency shelter services 24 hours a day-seven days week through SafeNet's hotline number: (814) 454-8161. Individuals seeking safety and sanctuary through our emergency shelter receive support, domestic violence education and advocacy to assist them in resolving the current crisis resulting from the abuse. Through emergency shelter services victims and their children have access to a wide range of services as they begin to rebuild their lives free from abuse. Safety planning, individual counseling for adults and children, support groups, legal advocacy and increased access through referral to mainstream community resources are among the services available. To protect the safety and confidentiality of those receiving emergency shelter services the address and location of our shelters is not published. Bridge House The Bridge House program of SafeNet provides transitional housing for single women and women with children in Erie county, who are without a permanent home due to domestic violence. Eligible women are self-motivated and goal-oriented, but require additional support to secure permanent housing and increase self-sufficiency. While residing in independent, furnished apartments, women and their children receive individual and group counseling, continuing domestic violence education and assistance to develop skills for ongoing, flexible safety planning. Through active participation in this program, women have increased access to mainstream resources through referrals and weekly case advocacy. All participants are encouraged to develop goals for economic self-sufficiency, continuing education and/or vocational training, positive parenting and health and wellness. For additional information regarding Bridge House or to make a referral, please contact our office 455-1774 ext. 275. SafeNet's Transitional Living Center (TLC) TLC provides a secure, stable, supportive living environment for homeless young women between the ages of 15 and 21, who are in their third trimester of pregnancy or are already parenting no more than one child. Eligible individuals are those young women, who are self-motivated and goal-oriented, that are seeking to obtain safe, affordable permanent housing for their families and are dedicated to becoming self-sufficient members of the community. These young women must also be willing to enroll in an educational program, if they do not have a high school diploma or GED. All TLC residents must be engaged in an educational program or be employed for a minimum of 20 hours each week.


Helpful Definitions For Safenet:
Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.

Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.

Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.

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