What to consider
DVHF focuses on housing as a foundation to supporting survivors as they rebuild their lives free from violence.
It’s not just housing, it’s a sense of identity:
- Learn why housing is a critical piece to survivor safety, stability and dignity.
Start by gathering information about your organization and community to determine what needs to be done to successfully implement DVHF:
- Use this program assessment tool to start thinking about what would need to change organizationally.
- Assess your community to get an idea of what resources already exist for survivors.
- Find out who is already providing housing/homeless services in your community so you can begin to collaborate.
- Discover the cost-effectiveness of different housing programs.
Then, consider sitting down with stakeholders and funders:
- Explore this toolkit for strategies on how to talk with housing and homeless service providers
- Guide your conversation with funders using examples of how programs are currently supporting survivors in accessing and retaining housing.