For survivors who are seeking housing after experiencing homelessness, rapid re-housing is the key to establishing a life free from violence. It also mitigates the trauma of homelessness for survivors who are seeking to leave an abusive relationship. Studies have shown that the sooner someone can have access to stable housing, the sooner they can build the foundation they need to restore economic, emotional, and spiritual stability.
The overall philosophy of “Housing First” also known as “Rapid Re-Housing” is the premise that housing is a basic human right regardless of an individual’s circumstances. The basic concept is to quickly secure stable housing for those who are, or who are threatened with, homelessness with further support services and treatment to follow.
By adopting the Housing First Model, CWS has successfully helped survivors locate affordable housing and support them as they learn how to navigate the systems and services needed to retain housing. This support not only helps survivors get a new start, but ensures that they will learn how to get/use the resources they need/have to sustain their independence.
Housing advocacy services include:
- Assistance in applying for re-location grant
- Assistance and advocacy in locating suitable housing (including disability housing)
- Assistance in adapting to a new neighborhood, school, etc.
- Emergency moving assistance
- Eviction prevention
- Rent & utilities assistance (when available)
- Referrals to CWS and other agency services
For more information:
The National Alliance to End Homelessness – http://www.endhomelessness.org/
Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence: Solutions Brief – March 2012
Wikipedia Article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Housing_First
VIDEO: Rapid Re-housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence www.endhomelessness.org/library/entry/rapid-re-housing-for-survivors-of-domestic-violence
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