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  • 1. Transitional Housing Project Elder Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking
  • 2. History of Project
    • No transitional housing for elder victims in the state currently.
    • Community-based task forces exploring local solutions.
    • DV shelters often not appropriate for elder victims
    • Lack of housing/support keeps elders from leaving
  • 3. Four Components to Project
    • Advisory Team
    • Elder Services Coordinators (ESC)
    • Geriatric Training
    • Transitional home
  • 4. Advisory Team Membership
    • Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault
    • Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence
    • Legal Services for the Elderly
    • Southern Maine Agency on Aging
    • Maine DHHS, Office of Elder Services
    • Seniors Plus
    • Volunteers of America Northern New England
  • 5. Purpose of Advisory Team
    • Advisor to the ongoing development of transitional housing for at risk elders.
      • Project Sustainability
      • Ambassadors to advocate for affordable housing
      • Sustain and expand service webs
      • Assure “safety-net” statewide
      • Problem solve ongoing systemic issues
      • Identify training opportunities
  • 6. Elder Services Coordinators
    • One part-time employee at three domestic violence agencies: Family Crisis Services, Safe Voices, and Spruce Run.
    • Serving six Maine counties
    • Create client-centered service webs to support elders at risk
    • Provide safety planning and on-going support
    • Assist in finding permanent housing
  • 7. T- Housing Elder Service Webs
  • 8. Geriatric Training
    • Southern Maine Agency on Aging
    • Eastern Maine Agency on Aging
    • Seniors Plus
    • Serving same areas as DV agency staff
    • Provide training, consultation and ongoing support regarding aging issues to ESCs
    • Began with cross training – DV/SA and Aging
  • 9. Cross Training
  • 10. Transitional Home “Martha’s Cottage”
    • Three bedroom house
    • One bedroom/bath handicapped accessible
    • Clients can stay up to two years
    • Independent housing
    • Private location
    • Provide 6 month support following their transition out of the house
  • 11. Martha’s Cottage
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  • 16. For more information: Visit the Elder Abuse Institute of Maine website www.eaime.org Or contact Linda Weare, Project Manager 207-541-6620 [email_address]