Housing Instability Index (HII)                                           January 2012                             Develop...
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1.3 Housing Instability Index


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1.3 Rapid Re-Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Rapid re-housing is being adapted by domestic violence providers to respond to the housing needs of the women and families they serve. This workshop will examine how rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention strategies are being used to serve survivors of domestic violence. Presenters will share their service models and lead a discussion on how to assist survivors in finding and maintaining safe, permanent housing.

Kris Billhardt
Dr. Chiquita Rollins

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1.3 Housing Instability Index

  1. 1. Housing Instability Index (HII) January 2012 Developed by the SHARE Study1 For Use with Domestic Violence SurvivorsItem # Question Score 1. In the past six months, how many times have you moved? 2. In the past 6 months, have you had to live somewhere that you didn’t want to live? (Yes/No) 3. In the past 6 months, have you had difficulty (or were unable to) pay for your housing (Yes/No) 4. In the past 6 months, have you had to borrow money or ask friends/family or others for money to pay your rent/mortgage? (Yes/No) 5. Have you had trouble with a landlord in the last 6 months? (Yes/No) 6. In the past 6 months, has your landlord threatened to evict you? (Yes/No) 7. In the past 6 months, have you been served an eviction notice? (Yes/No) 8. Do you expect that you will be able to stay in your current housing for the next 6 months? (Yes/No) 9. Have you had trouble getting housing in the last 6 months? (Yes/No) 10. How likely is it that you’ll be able to pay for your housing (rent or mortgage) this month? (Very Likely, Somewhat Likely, Somewhat Unlikely, Very Unlikely) Scoring the Housing Instability Index: 1 point for 3 or more moves (item 1) 1 point for each “yes” response to items 2-7 and 9 1 point for “no” response on item 8 1 point for “somewhat unlikely” or “very unlikely” response to question 10 Total possible score is 10. Higher HII scores are correlated with increased vulnerability to danger of re-assault, lower quality of life, and negative health outcomes for women and their children. At a minimum, all agencies should 1) use the information garnered to assist in developing an individualized plan aimed at increasing housing stability and 2) be prepared to provide appropriate support/referrals to assist survivors with the impacts of domestic violence and housing instability, including depression and PTSD, and damage to credit, employment, and rental history. 1 The SHARE Study was funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (U49CE000520-01, 09/01/2005-08/31/2010).