Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children making safe transitional housing essential.
The Domestic Violence Housing First (DVHF) approach focuses on getting survivors of domestic violence into stable housing as quickly as possible, and then providing the necessary support as they rebuild their lives.
Victoms Housing Needs
Survivors face barriers to housing that can be exacerbated by housing systems that do not address their specific needs. This is an immediate and rapid solution.
While emergency shelters address a survivor’s immediate safety needs, transitional housing provides short-term housing with the same supportive services. It is a safe, affordable option that empowers survivors to begin rebuilding their lives and helps them prepare for permanent housing. This is where LifeHouse offers support.
Solutions must encompass a range of options such as emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent housing options, including housing vouchers, mortgage assistance, and federally subsidized housing. Survivors need living-wage jobs, tax credits, access to benefits, and access to child care, as well as economic literacy, financial education, and job training.
Lets Prevent Homelessness before it starts
The intersection of domestic violence, homelessness, and housing insecurity is undeniable, as lack of safe and affordable housing is often reported as one of the primary barriers survivors of domestic violence face when they choose to leave an abusive partner.
Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness for women and their children. More than 90% of homeless women experience severe physical or sexual abuse at some point in their lives, and 63% have been victims of domestic or sexual violence .