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Penn Free Bridge Housing

Penn Free Bridge Housing

Recovering from substance abuse is difficult enough; achieving that without a safe place to live is nearly impossible.

Penn Free Bridge Housing offers secure housing to people ages 18 and older who are homeless and in recovery from alcohol or drug abuse, who have been referred via Allegheny Link. The program provides:

  • Secure, financially-supported accommodations for individuals and/or families for up to one year
  • Supportive services in areas such as employment, education, counseling, legal issues, medical support and household needs
  • Bus tickets and passes as needed
  • Assurance of recovery program, including random urine tests

To qualify for admission to Penn Free Bridge Housing, individuals must be:

  • 18 years or older
  • Earning less than 200% of the federal poverty guideline limit
  • Homeless by County definition and referred via the Allegheny Link housing list
  • Chemical-free for a minimum of 90 days
  • In treatment for substance abuse, or actively involved in recovery


The staff with Penn Free Bridge Housing has a strong understanding of the worlds of homelessness and addiction.

The program offers recovering individuals and their families a place to live among the general population, eliminating the pain or stigma of discrimination.

It also paves the way for independence by focusing on the person as a whole - providing case management services, ongoing support and links to other services as needed.







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