The new building will provide housing to victims and provideoperating office space for the agency’s housing teamPROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Sojourner House closed on the purchase of a multi-unit buildingtoday on Westminster Street in Providence’s West End, which will expand their housingportfolio for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking whilecreating a new office space for the agency’s expanding housing team.Sojourner House has been working to increase its agency-owned housing stock, inaddition to leasing apartments from private landlords. The agency now sub-leasesapartments to approximately 150 households statewide. The building on WestminsterStreet will allow for additional clients to gain stable housing, as well as provide space formore clients to access the help of Sojourner House’s housing advocacy, counseling, andsupportive services.“Several years ago, we identified housing as a growing area of concern for victims ofabuse,” said Sojourner House’s Executive Director, Vanessa Volz. “We’ve been workingto prioritize purchasing and rehabbing housing units so that victims and their familieshave safe, affordable places to stay, for as long as they may need, to heal from theirtrauma and move forward with their lives.”Sojourner House offers expansive housing services that include emergency sheltersacross the state, transitional housing units, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportivehousing. In 2021 alone, Sojourner House provided 12,207 bed nights in transitionalhousing units and 22,907 bed nights in permanent supportive housing units, whichwere increases over the previous year.“We’ve seen an increase in requests for help across the board for our services. Theserequests are not just for housing, as 2021 saw us serve more victims than ever beforeacross all of our programs. When families come to Sojourner House seeking help, wewant to be able to ensure their basic needs are met.
Housing is a core tenet of that,”added Volz.386 Smith Street | Providence, Rhode Island 02908 |www.SojournerRI.orgAdministration:401.861.6809Fax: 401.861.6157|Helplines:401.765.3232 | 401.658.4334| Advocacy:401.861.6191
SojournerHouseCommitted to Ending: Domestic Violence - Sexual Assault - Huamn TraffickingThe property was purchased for $975,000. It was financed by Citizens Bank and sold byArmory Properties. Sojourner House will be launching a capital campaign this fall tohelp defray the costs of the purchase and necessary upgrades.About Sojourner House:Founded in 1976, the mission of Sojourner House is to promote healthy relationships byproviding culturally sensitive support, advocacy, housing, and education for victims andsurvivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking; and to effectsystems change. Sojourner House offers Rhode Island's largest and most comprehensiveresidential services program for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexualassault, and human trafficking, including safe shelter, transitional housing, permanentsupportive housing, rental assistance, and rapid re-housing. In addition to safe housing,Sojourner House provides trauma-informed supportive services, such as clinicaltherapy, immigration advocacy, one-on-one advocacy, support groups, financial literacyeducation, and access to basic necessities like food. Sojourner House also providescounseling, expressive arts, child care, and a free summer camp, Camp Eureka, forchildren who witness abuse in their homes. Sojourner House operates a Drop-Inadvocacy and resource center in the greater Providence area, offering victims andcommunity members access to support and services when and where they need it most.
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