RURAL ROUNDTABLEDOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOUSING FIRST    IN RURAL COMMUNITIES                                  1
WHAT IS   • DV Housing First seeks to            eliminate housing as a   DV       reason for survivors to stayHOUSING    ...
KEY     • Safety TO DV    • Survivor-centered/drivenHOUSING     advocacy FIRST    • Flexible, temporary            financi...
WHOSE   • 13 domestic violence          programs in WA State: 4DOING     urban & 9 rural IT?    • Technical Assistance    ...
HOW DID   • In 2009, 4 agencies  IT        were funded to try anSTART?      experimental ,            completely flexible ...
HOW      • Due to promisingDID IT     results, especially GO?       with the rural           programs, an           additi...
WHAT    • Three tribes         • Three agencies with  DOES     reservations in their service  THE      area and that provi...
CHALLENGESSOLUTIONS• One agency in town       • Each community is  does it ALL: How do        different: population  you p...
CHALLENGESSOLUTIONS• EVERYBODY     • Staff that is  KNOWS           consistently  EVERYBODY’S     respectful,  BUSINESS   ...
CHALLENGESSOLUTIONS• Limited         • Create your own  employment      • Get acquainted  opportunities     with local• Un...
CHALLENGESSOLUTIONS• Limited/no           • Mobile  transportation for     advocacy—go to  appointments           where th...
CHALLENGESSOLUTIONS• Lack of affordable,   • Create your own!  adequate housing      • Relationships with                 ...
CHALLENGESSOLUTIONS• Landlords         • Befriend and educate!   – Screenings     • Be reliable and   – Unscrupulous     r...
CHALLENGESSOLUTIONS• No Public Housing    • Develop/strength  Authority in           en relationships  County             ...
LINDA OLSEN, M.A., M.S.W.  HOUSING PROGRAM COORDINATORWASHINGTON STATE COALITION AGAINST        DOMESTIC VIOLENCE         ...
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4.6 Rural Roundtable: Unique Challenges and Innovative Solutions

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4.6 Rural Roundtable: Unique Challenges and Innovative Solutions

Speaker: Linda Olsen

Serving families and youth experiencing homelessness in rural communities includes a distinct set of obstacles that are not always covered in larger discussions about homelessness. In this interactive workshop, audience members and presenters will discuss the problems their communities have faced and how they have attempted to overcome them, with additional discussion on opportunities and challenges associated with HEARTH Act implementation.

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4.6 Rural Roundtable: Unique Challenges and Innovative Solutions

  1. 1. RURAL ROUNDTABLEDOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOUSING FIRST IN RURAL COMMUNITIES 1
  2. 2. WHAT IS • DV Housing First seeks to eliminate housing as a DV reason for survivors to stayHOUSING in an abusive relationship. FIRST? • It does this through advocacy and a flexible approach to services and financial assistance. • This gives survivors the freedom to choose how best to rebuild their lives. 2
  3. 3. KEY • Safety TO DV • Survivor-centered/drivenHOUSING advocacy FIRST • Flexible, temporary financial assistance • Assistance with housing search • Strong partnerships with PHAs and private landlords 3
  4. 4. WHOSE • 13 domestic violence programs in WA State: 4DOING urban & 9 rural IT? • Technical Assistance provided by WSCADV • Project funding is from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Empire Health Foundation. 4
  5. 5. HOW DID • In 2009, 4 agencies IT were funded to try anSTART? experimental , completely flexible approach to housing for DV survivors. • 1 agency was rural; another had a large rural population 5
  6. 6. HOW • Due to promisingDID IT results, especially GO? with the rural programs, an additional 9 programs were funded in 2011 • 7 programs are rural 6
  7. 7. WHAT • Three tribes • Three agencies with DOES reservations in their service THE area and that provide NEW services to tribal members • One agency with a large RURAL population of migrantCOHORT farmworkers LOOK • High poverty; limited resources in all LIKE? 7
  8. 8. CHALLENGESSOLUTIONS• One agency in town • Each community is does it ALL: How do different: population you prioritize limited & stakeholders. resources? • Service integration, not siloed • Separate office space for DV, SA, VOC 8
  9. 9. CHALLENGESSOLUTIONS• EVERYBODY • Staff that is KNOWS consistently EVERYBODY’S respectful, BUSINESS trustworthy, understands confidentiality, and values privacy. 9
  10. 10. CHALLENGESSOLUTIONS• Limited • Create your own employment • Get acquainted opportunities with local• Unstable employers employment • Invest in transportation options 10
  11. 11. CHALLENGESSOLUTIONS• Limited/no • Mobile transportation for advocacy—go to appointments where they are or can be 11
  12. 12. CHALLENGESSOLUTIONS• Lack of affordable, • Create your own! adequate housing • Relationships with housing/homeless organizations and providers in neighboring counties 12
  13. 13. CHALLENGESSOLUTIONS• Landlords • Befriend and educate! – Screenings • Be reliable and – Unscrupulous responsive – Discriminate • Advocate with client • Offer to cover repair costs • Address abuses directly 13
  14. 14. CHALLENGESSOLUTIONS• No Public Housing • Develop/strength Authority in en relationships County with PHAs in• Long waiting lists closest counties• Slow processes • Advocate for HUD funding! 14
  15. 15. LINDA OLSEN, M.A., M.S.W. HOUSING PROGRAM COORDINATORWASHINGTON STATE COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LINDA@WSCADV.ORG 206-389-2515, X205 WWW.WSCADV.ORG 15

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