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    • Transitional Housing Project Elder Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking
    • 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
    • Four Components to Project
      • Advisory Team
      • Elder Services Coordinators (ESC)
      • Geriatric Training
      • Transitional home
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • T- Housing Elder Service Webs
    • 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
    • Cross Training
    • 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
    • Martha’s Cottage
    • 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]