Domestic Violence Toolkit

This toolkit provides resources communities can use to provide rapid re-housing for domestic violence survivors. While rapid re-housing has proven effective as a method of ending homelessness for survivors, there are valuable lessons to learn from those who have been successful in operating these programs.

Communities are increasingly using rapid re-housing to meet the needs of domestic violence survivors. In some instances, domestic violence providers are the entity rapidly re-housing survivors and, in some instances, survivors are being served in the traditional homeless assistance system sometimes with and sometimes without domestic violence service providers. While rapid re-housing has proven effective as a method of ending homelessness for survivors, there are needed adaptations to the model to keep survivors and staff safe as well as valuable lessons to learn from those who have been successful in operating these programs.

This toolkit, the recorded training, and other resources below were developed in cooperation with Catalyst Consulting and Training, Clackamas Women’s Services, the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH), Home Free (a Volunteers of America – Oregon program), and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Alliance is grateful for the contributions of these groups in helping to make these resources available.

Spotlight

Library Resources

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Webinar | April 12, 2012
On Thursday, April 12, 2012, the Alliance is hosting a webinar on successful partnerships to serve survivors of domestic violence. The powerpoints that will be presented during the webinar are available for participants to access before the webinar.
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Webinar | March 28, 2012
In March of 2012, the Alliance hosted a webinar on homelessness prevention for survivors of domestic violence. A recording of the webinar and the powerpoints that were presented during the webinar are available.
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Webinar | March 16, 2012
On Thursday, March 15, 2012, the Alliance hosted a webinar on housing for survivors of domestic violence. This is a recording of that webinar and supplemental documents.
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Conference Presentation | February 8, 2012
Rapid re-housing is being adapted by domestic violence providers to respond to the housing needs of the women and families they serve. This workshop will examine how rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention strategies are being used to serve survivors of domestic violence. Presenters will share their service models and lead a discussion on how to assist survivors in finding and maintaining safe, permanent housing.
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Conference Presentation | October 11, 2011
Keynote remarks by Nan Roman, president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, at the Domestic Violence Housing First Symposium: Building on Our Past, Learning as We Go, sponsored by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Conference Presentation | July 20, 2011
Domestic violence service providers are working to increase their capacity and provide survivors with more options and control over their housing situations through the use of prevention and rapid re-housing strategies.
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Best Practice | April 20, 2010
This best practice document profiles the Empowerment Project of the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH), a domestic violence survivor housing and service agency in Washington, DC that provided a transition-in-place program that provided families with time-limited rental assistance and case management.
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Best Practice | March 14, 2010
This best practice document profiles Home Free, a domestic violence survivor service agency in Portland, OR that provides an array of services for families impacted by violence. Currently, the program provides rapid re-housing assistance to 80 to 100 households annually.