Volunteers of America’s Home Free: Rapid Re-Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence


National Alliance to End Homelessness

Best Practice | March 14, 2010

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Home Free is a domestic violence victim service agency in Portland, Oregon that provides an array of services including a hotline, emergency housing assistance, advocacy, support groups, and child- and teen-programs for families impacted by violence. In 2003, the program closed their emergency shelter and developed a Housing First program to more effectively meet the housing needs of survivors. Currently, the program provides rapid re-housing assistance to 80 to 100 households annually.

The document includes the following information about Home Free:

  • Program History
  • Program Description, including Targeting/Eligibility, Services, and Funding
  • Program Outcomes
  • Lessons Learned

Home Free’s initial outcomes were very positive. Through its motel vouchering program, Home Free provides emergency housing to 4 times as many families as was possible through its facility-based shelter, expanding the capacity of the community’s emergency housing response. Additionally, about 97 percent of households enrolled in Housing First obtain safe housing, with 86 percent of these households remaining stably housed one year after exiting services.

Initial findings indicate that families with stable housing have better outcomes on an array of measures, including severity of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and quality of life.