We have found that to eliminate housing as a reason for survivors to stay in an abusive relationship, they need multiple options. The Domestic Violence Housing First Approach offers options through following pillars.
Tailored services: DVHF advocates ask “what do you need to get stable?” instead of “these are the services I can offer you”
- This program assessment tool can help you determine what needs to change in order to provide survivor-driven advocacy.
- Discover what a DVHF Advocate does:
Mobile Advocacy: Advocates literally meet survivors where they are, which can eliminate transportation barriers and takes the burden off the survivor to get to the advocate.
- Advocate safety and survivor confidentiality are concerns that may need to be addressed when practicing mobile advocacy.
- Use the Safety Planning Policy and Protocol and Home Visit Safety Policy to guide your discussion on creating mobile advocacy policies
Temporary/Practical Financial Assistance: Unlike some financial assistance programs that only provide rental and utility assistance, DVHF provides targeted, temporary financial assistance that meets the needs of survivors.
- Some examples include:
- Transportation: driving lessons, fuel, car repair, new tires
- Child care: co-pays, child care bills
- Employment: work permits, transportation, education, training programs
- Housing: rental applications, rental assistance, deposits, utilities
Housing Search and Retention Support: DVHF Advocates work with survivors on accessing and retaining their housing by educating, advocating and building relationships with landlords and Public Housing Authorities:
- Advocates go out into their community to build relationships with landlords, negotiate rental agreements and facilitate landlord-tenant disputes.
- The following resources can be a good tools when building relationships:
- Private landlords and Public Housing Authorities
- Info cards for landlords on domestic violence
- Landlord training template (coming)
- Housing/homeless providers
Resources for DVHF Advocates: