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through community based prevention and stabilization services 


Homebuilders works with high-risk families involved with Allegheny County Child Welfare. The goal of the program is to remove any risks of placement while preserving the family unit. The program gives families the chance to learn new behaviors, and helps them make better choices for their children. Child safety is ensured through small caseloads, program intensity, and 24-hour a day service availability.


  • Intervention at the crisis point: Client families are seen within 24 hours of referral

  • Treatment in the natural setting: Almost all services take place in the client’s home or the community

  • Accessibility and Responsiveness: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on-call. Families are given as much time as they need, when they need it; allowing for close monitoring of potentially dangerous situations.

  • Intensity: Services are time-limited and concentrated in a period targeted at 4 weeks. The service is designed to resolve the immediate crisis, and teach the skills necessary for the family to remain together. Each family receives an average of 40 to 50 hours of direct service.

  • Flexibility: Families are met where they are residing and in the community.

REFERRALS: Referrals are currently being taken via phone by:

BRENDA BUTLER-CROSBY at 412-445-7976.

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