Working Together to End Homelessness for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors and Their Families

Survivors of violence face real barriers when trying to access safe housing – barriers caused by the power and control dynamics of abuse, a need for safety and confidentiality, economic instability, the effects of trauma, and the lack of affordable housing in communities. Nobody should have to choose between staying in an unsafe home and having no home at all.

Welcome to Safe Housing Partnerships, the website for the Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium! We hope you find useful resources and tools that advance your work at the critical intersection of domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness, and housing. Please check back frequently, as we continue to add resources, tools, and best practices from the field.

Staff Picked Resources

Creating Safe Housing Options for Survivors: Learning From and Expanding Research

2017
Cris Sullivan

This research brief provides a brief overview of the current and expanding evidence behind best practices in helping domestic violence survivors obtain safe and stable housing. It begins with evidence for three common core components of this work: mobile advocacy, flexible funding, and attending to safety. It then provides evidence for how services should be provided: survivor-driven, trauma-informed, and voluntary.

Domestic Violence Housing First Toolkit

2017
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Domestic Violence Housing First (DVHF) approach focuses on getting survivors of domestic violence into stable housing as quickly as possible and then continuing to provide support as they rebuild their lives. With safe and stable housing at its core, the key components of DVHF include: survivor-driven, trauma informed, mobile advocacy; flexible financial assistance; and community engagement. This toolkit is designed to provide materials and resources for organizations to use when developing or implementing the DVHF approach.

Coordinated Entry: Confidentiality Requirements in Practice

2018
National Network to End Domestic Violence

This document provides guidance on coordinated entry (CE) model best practices. The guidance was developed based on feedback from practitioners in the victim services field who are currently participating in HUD Continuums of Care (CoCs) and are in compliance with the confidentiality-related legal requirements of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA). These insights aim to adhere to federal confidentiality requirements that were created to ensure safety by protecting the identities of victims of domestic violence, while simultaneously ensuring that those victims have access to the type of housing they need in their community of choice.

Safety Planning for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence: A Toolkit for Homeless/Housing Programs

2018
National Alliance for Safe Housing

Survivors face numerous barriers to keeping or establishing safe housing, often forcing them to devise unsafe housing arrangements, live in danger on the streets, or even to stay with or return to an abusive partner just so that they and their children have beds to sleep in. The victim services system offers lifesaving support and resources to countless survivors, but in many communities those systems lack the capacity to help all survivors with their housing needs. This toolkit is designed to boost the ability of homeless/housing programs to confidently offer housing services that are meaningful, safe, and grounded in best practices for a survivor population.

Flexible Funding for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors: Frequently Asked Questions

2019
National Alliance for Safe Housing
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Flexible funding is financial support provided to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault (DV/SA) to address whatever barrier exists between the survivor and safe housing stability. This document addresses frequently asked questions about flexible funding, including why it is an important housing strategy for survivors, what flexible funding can be used for, and more.

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Survivors’ economic challenges can take many forms and can threaten safety and housing stability. Flexible funds can make a significant difference, and programs that are using them are seeing great results.

Once consisting primarily of shelter, responses to homelessness and housing instability are now many and varied. 

It is that time of year again - the HUD CoC Program Competition will soon be under way! The resources on this page are designed to provide information for programs and communities interested in applying for funding in the HUD FY2019 CoC NOFA. New resources will continue to be added throughout the CoC Program Competition, so please check back here on a regular basis. 

What You Need to Know:

It is anticipated the FY2019 Program Competition will open around May 1 and will close in late Summer with HUD looking to announce awards in December 2019.

HUD has confirmed there will be another round of $50 million for NEW projects through the DV Bonus (which includes DV Rapid Re-Housing, Joint TH and PH-RRH Component Project and DV Coordinated Entry). 

Projects awarded funding in the FY2018 competition are eligible to apply for renewal funding in FY2019. 

If you are interested in applying for a new DV bonus project, NOW is the time to start talking with your local CoC!

For more information:

Find helpful suggestions on specific next steps victim service providers can take and how to connect with your local CoC here.

More information on the HUD FY2019 CoC NOFA can be accessed here.

Check out frequently asked questions about the DV Bonus Project on the HUD Exchange by clicking here and link to HUD’s Domestic Violence and Homelessness page for additional guidance.

If you have specific questions or would like further technical assistance, please click here. We also encourage you to check out the Safe Housing Partnerships Channel on YouTube for previously recorded webinars on Safe Housing for Survivors.