Safe Harbor was formed in 1983 and was one of the first domestic violence shelters in Kentucky. Today, the facility is one of the state’s largest domestic violence shelters and outreach facilities. During the past three decades, Safe Harbor has provided shelter, food, clothing, case management and a wide variety of other services to more than 16,000 women, children and men in the FIVCO ADD, which includes Boyd, Greenup, Carter, Elliott and Lawrence counties. The facility is housed in a former tuberculosis hospital and ancillary buildings in Ashland. The former nurses’ quarters serve as the Emergency Shelter, and the former administrators’ housing is the Transitional Shelter. The former hospital – now called Harbor Hill – is utilized for Safe Harbor’s administrative offices, meeting rooms, counseling offices, child care area, cafeteria/kitchen, along with 34 permanent supportive housing units that offer 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom living areas for former victims of domestic violence. The apartments are administered through HUD. This three-tiered Continuum of Care approach makes Safe Harbor unique, both in the Commonwealth and in the nation. Continuum of Care gives victims and their children the opportunity to regain their lives through a carefully structured program, which includes:
Emergency Shelter, which treats the victims’ (and children’s) immediate physical and emotional needs. The average stay in the Emergency Shelter is 30 to 90 days. There is no charge to victims and their children for any services.
Transitional Shelter, which is for women who choose to stay in Safe Harbor’s program and are out of the emergency phase. This program allows up to two years residency while the individual works on a life plan (continued intensive case management, education planning, re-entering the workplace, finding housing, etc.).
Permanent supportive housing, which focuses on achieving independent living skills that include budgeting, credit repair, etc.