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6.11 Linda Weare

  1. 1. Transitional Housing Project Elder Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking
  2. 2. History of Project <ul><li>No transitional housing for elder victims in the state currently. </li></ul><ul><li>Community-based task forces exploring local solutions. </li></ul><ul><li>DV shelters often not appropriate for elder victims </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of housing/support keeps elders from leaving </li></ul>
  3. 3. Four Components to Project <ul><li>Advisory Team </li></ul><ul><li>Elder Services Coordinators (ESC) </li></ul><ul><li>Geriatric Training </li></ul><ul><li>Transitional home </li></ul>
  4. 4. Advisory Team Membership <ul><li>Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault </li></ul><ul><li>Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Services for the Elderly </li></ul><ul><li>Southern Maine Agency on Aging </li></ul><ul><li>Maine DHHS, Office of Elder Services </li></ul><ul><li>Seniors Plus </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers of America Northern New England </li></ul>
  5. 5. Purpose of Advisory Team <ul><li>Advisor to the ongoing development of transitional housing for at risk elders. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ambassadors to advocate for affordable housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustain and expand service webs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assure “safety-net” statewide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem solve ongoing systemic issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify training opportunities </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Elder Services Coordinators <ul><li>One part-time employee at three domestic violence agencies: Family Crisis Services, Safe Voices, and Spruce Run. </li></ul><ul><li>Serving six Maine counties </li></ul><ul><li>Create client-centered service webs to support elders at risk </li></ul><ul><li>Provide safety planning and on-going support </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in finding permanent housing </li></ul>
  7. 7. T- Housing Elder Service Webs
  8. 8. Geriatric Training <ul><li>Southern Maine Agency on Aging </li></ul><ul><li>Eastern Maine Agency on Aging </li></ul><ul><li>Seniors Plus </li></ul><ul><li>Serving same areas as DV agency staff </li></ul><ul><li>Provide training, consultation and ongoing support regarding aging issues to ESCs </li></ul><ul><li>Began with cross training – DV/SA and Aging </li></ul>
  9. 9. Cross Training
  10. 10. Transitional Home “Martha’s Cottage” <ul><li>Three bedroom house </li></ul><ul><li>One bedroom/bath handicapped accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Clients can stay up to two years </li></ul><ul><li>Independent housing </li></ul><ul><li>Private location </li></ul><ul><li>Provide 6 month support following their transition out of the house </li></ul>
  11. 11. Martha’s Cottage
  12. 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]

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