Transitional Housing Program (Single Women)



Why: SELF is a Philadelphia based 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization that has been providing behavioral, social and human services to Philadelphians for over 30 years. SELF, Inc. is strengthening its efforts to provide transitional housing related services for single adult women who are in need of temporary housing while working towards more permanent housing opportunities. Our primary goal for program participants is to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring.


  • Over the past twenty eight years, SELF, Inc. Transitional Housing Program has successfully served hundreds of participants from transitional housing to permanent housing.

  • While there are a number social and emergency related services available for families with children there remains a significant gap in similar services for single women.


Program Goals:

SELF, Inc. strongly believes that every participant has the right:


  • To safe, affordable, permanent housing.
  • To earn a livable wage.

  • To be connected to family.

  • To be connected to community.

  • To achieve successful independent living through personal development and transformation.


Single Adult Women Experiencing Homelessness

  • Age Range: Between 18 – 60+ years old

  • Gender: Female

  • Capacity: Twenty (20) 10 per house

  • Average Length of Stay: Six Months to One Year


Placement in Transitional Housing Program.

  • Provide supports and a comprehensive array of services designed to promote rapid movement to permanent housing.  

  • Critical to moving participants to permanent housing is the provision of housing focused case management (HFCS).  HFCS includes but is not be limited to, an assessment of their housing and housing-related needs soon after they enter emergency housing, the development of an individualized housing plan that includes housing directed goals and timetables, assessment of other service needs and referrals to the appropriate resources and regular and consistent follow-up.

  • Timetables for completion of the goals are ambitious and coordinated with the 90-day target for movement to permanent housing.

  • Provide an environment in which services and programmatic activities are designed to support participants in preparation for permanent housing.  

  • Program focus that addresses the need of the participant to develop the skills necessary to transition to independence and permanent housing.


Provide an array of services, which will include appropriate behavioral and physical health services, educational, independent living preparation and permanency planning and access to resources and community contacts.


  • Education Training – Office of Adult Education

  • Structured leisure (evening and weekend) time

    • Employment
    • Educational Programs

    • Community Participation

    • Personal Development

    • Behavioral Health Services/Treatment

    • Relapse Prevention

  • Life Skills Development

    • Upkeep of home and surrounding property
  • Community Connections and Supportive Relationships

    • Familiar Engagement and Involvement
    • Community Engagement and Involvement

    • Involvement with Local Civic, Cultural and Religious Institutions


Referral process:

The Office of Homeless Services (OHS) serves as the sole referral source for program participants deemed appropriate for Transitional Housing Program. Participants are Youth screened through the standard OHS THP Intake Unit process with additional questions and information collection as needed.

Service Provider:    Social Emotional Learning Family, Inc. (SELF, Inc.)


1303-05 West Susquehanna Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122


  • Three Story and a basement (each house)

  • 4,500 Square Feet (each house)

  • 1303: Six Bedrooms (6)

  • 1305: Seven bedrooms (7) including handicap room

  • Exterior is cleaned and landscaped by SELF, Inc. Maintenance team.



imited Time Staffing Component Consisting of a Full-time Complement of Program Manager, Case Manager and Maintenance. (Twenty-four Hour staff per phone with Program Manager)


  • Participant to Staff Ratio of 2 to 20
  • Use of Behavioral Modification Program

  • Provision of Education, Behavioral Health, Job Readiness Services via Collaborative Partners

All SELF /UAC program staff must attend training sessions on De-Escalation, Fire Safety, Mental Health First Aid, CPR and First Aid, Trauma Informed, Confidentiality Training, and LGBQT Training, and we will continue our practice of using participant “community meetings” to reinforce house rules, defuse and address conflicts and increase participants’ sense of safety and support.  


Collaborative Office of Homeless Services, Office of Addiction Services, Office of Adult Education,


The Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC),

Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC),

Resources for Human Development (RHD),

Temple University Hospital.


Leadership: Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer -

            Michael Hinson, Executive Director –

            Joanne Wodarski, Program Manager -

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