ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
On the frontlines of ending homelessness in Chester County
We serve approximately 1,000 Chester County women and children annually all of whom are experiencing a housing crisis. We help in a multitude of ways: (1) emergency eviction intervention with direct payments to landlords, (2) rent subsidies giving a woman time to increase her income and decrease her expenses, (3) help paying upfront costs to acquire affordable housing, (4) budgeting assistance, (5) specialized housing assistance for women re-entering the community after incarceration, (6) housing in an HOS home for pre-senior women awaiting subsidized housing vouchers, and (7) support for our graduates and their children through access to family-friendly events, donations from the community including back-to-school supplies, holiday gifts, special meals, and shopping bags filled with products and supplies to augment their limited budgets.
A hallmark of our 27-year history is integrated case management services which are trauma-informed, gender-specific and built on a woman’s inherent strengths. HOS believes that homelessness can be prevented by addressing issues that lead to the crisis—under-employment, divorce, death of a partner, domestic abuse, generational poverty, and chronic health issues, in particular mental health issues. Although Chester County is the “wealthiest” county in the Pennsylvania, 34,200 residents live below the poverty line.
Home of the Sparrow partners with women facing homelessness to secure housing, achieve long-term stability, and chart new paths for their futures.