2.1: Basics of Rapid Re-Housing


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Presented by Linda Olsen.

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

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