Two weeks ago, we highlighted the importance that housing stability plays in a variety of outcomes for survivors of domestic violence. Housing stability improved the safety of survivors and their children, the job stability and income of survivors, and the behavioral and educational outcomes of the children of survivors.
Building on that knowledge and on the contributions of numerous experts in the domestic violence field, the Alliance created a toolkit on providing homeless survivors of domestic violence with housing through a rapid re-housing model. This toolkit reviews the basics of rapid re-housing, including working with housing assessments, working with landlords, and structuring subsidies with particular adaptations to the model for survivors of domestic violence.
Additionally, the Alliance hosted a series of webinars focused on a variety of ways to ensure housing stability for survivors. The recordings of and resources from those webinars are now all available online:
- Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence featuring Kris Billhardt of Home Free, a program of Volunteers of America – Oregon, and Chiquita Rollins, co-principal investigator of the SHARE study highlighted above;
- Homelessness Prevention for Survivors of Domestic Violence featuring Peg Hacskaylo of the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) and Linda Olsen of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence;
- Successful Partnerships to Serve Survivors of Domestic Violence featuring Melissa Erlbaum of Clackamas Women’s Services in Oregon City, OR and Megan Owens of Hamilton Family Center in San Francisco, CA.
Moving forward, the Alliance will be continuing to highlight ways for communities and organizations to improve their homelessness and housing responses to survivors of domestic violence. As communities begin to create coordinated assessment processes and begin to implement rapid re-housing through the Emergency Solutions Grant, the Alliance will be creating products to help communities address the safety and housing needs of survivors.
Additionally, the upcoming National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, DC on July 16-18 will feature an extensive track on meeting the needs of survivors as well as a 3 hour pre-conference session specifically on keeping survivors safe, best practices for service provision to survivors, and how to build partnerships to address both the housing and service needs of survivors.