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2.1: Basics of Rapid Re-Housing
 

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2.1: Basics of Rapid Re-Housing

Rapid re-housing programs offer a constellation of services, including housing search aid, rental assistance, and transitional case management to help families minimize their time in shelter to secure a home of their own. This workshop provides an introduction to rapid re-housing for families and includes a discussion of how the model is being used to serve domestic violence survivors.

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    2.1: Basics of Rapid Re-Housing 2.1: Basics of Rapid Re-Housing Presentation Transcript

    • RAPID RE-HOUSING AND DV SURVIVORS Basics of Rapid Re-Housing National Alliance to End Homelessness 2011 National Conference February 10, 2011
    • DV SURVIVORS: THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!
      • “Among mothers with children experiencing homelessness, more than 80 percent had previously experienced domestic violence.” (Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness 2010)
    • WASHINGTON FAMILIES FUND FIVE YEAR REPORT (2004-2009)
      • In the Moderate-Needs Family Profile for families served, 66% had experienced domestic violence.
      • In the High-Needs Family Profile for families served, 93% had experienced physical or sexual violence.
    • HOUSING STABILITY CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
      • The availability of safe, affordable, and stable housing is critical for a survivor’s ability to escape an abusive partner.
      • Without viable housing options, many survivors are forced to remain in abusive relationships, accept inadequate or unsafe housing conditions, or become homeless. (Anne Menard)
    • CONSIDERATIONS WHEN WORKING WITH DV SURVIVORS
      • Safety
      • Sabotage (from an abuser, abuser’s family, and even broader community)
    • WE NEED TO BUILD SOME BRIDGES!
      • Explore ways to develop and/or strengthen relationships between housing/homeless providers and DV programs
      • Multidisciplinary partnerships necessary to develop policies and programs that increase battered women’s housing options and do not increase their danger.
    • FOR HOUSING/HOMELESS SERVICE PROVIDERS
      • Include basic domestic violence dynamics and resources as part of staff training
      • Learn how to ask the questions and how to talk about DV resources
      • Develop a protocol on how to respond when domestic violence is disclosed
    • SUGGESTIONS FOR COLLABORATION
      • Plan relationship-building activities among housing/homeless and DV programs
      • Develop a consultative relationship with a DV agency
      • Some jurisdictions have implemented MOUs for formal relationships between DV and homeless/housing agencies.
    • CAN RAPID RE-HOUSING WORK FOR DV SURVIVORS?
      • YES!
      • Domestic Violence Housing First Project in Washington State (funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
      • Cohort of 4 agencies across the state, from rural to urban
    • HOW CAN IT WORK?
      • Survivor-Centered Advocacy:
        • Safety planning
        • Empowerment
        • Reinforcement of autonomy and self-determination
        • Offering options
        • Voluntary services
    • Need Community Relationships
      • Public Housing Authorities (VAWA protections for DV survivors and inclusion of domestic violence as part of every 5-year plan)
      • Landlord relationships and DV training
    • FIRST YEAR RESULTS
      • Out of 112 participants (point in time):
        • 40.2% had permanent housing at program entry AND have retained their housing through the program’s assistance
        • 52.7% obtained permanent housing through Housing First efforts AND are still in permanent housing
        • 2.7% are working on permanent housing
        • 4.5% obtained permanent housing but are no longer in permanent housing
    • Where did those not in permanent housing come from?
      • 25% came from emergency shelter
      • 12.5% came from transitional housing
      • 12.5% came from an institution
      • 25% were living with family/friends
      • 25% were unknown
    • LEVELS OF ASSISTANCE
      • Light touch—simple, discrete needs that are met quickly
      • Medium touch—discrete needs met as above, plus connected with agency’s services for a short period of time
      • Higher needs—all of the above, plus long term planning with advocate in order to obtain housing, improve financial situation, and address other issues.
    • SERVICE LEVEL FOR THIS GROUP
      • 55.9% Light Touch
      • 27% Medium Touch
      • 17.1% High Need
    • IN SUMMARY
      • You serve domestic violence survivors
      • Plan how to do it well
      • Develop partnerships with DV programs
      • Integrate safety and survivor center advocacy into your service approach—along with trauma-informed services
      • Make sure your community relationships include domestic violence information
    • QUESTIONS? Linda Olsen, MA, MSW Housing Project Coordinator Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence [email_address] 206-389-2515 x 205