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

The need for safe and affordable housing is one of the most vital and immediate concerns for survivors of violence and abuse. Black people, Indigenous people, and other person(s) of color are overrepresented in homeless populations due to structural racism, historical measures, network impoverishment, and other racial disparities across systems. 

View our first animation on The Intersection of Homelessness and Domestic Violence.

 

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.

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Emergency Housing Vouchers: Guidance for Victim Service Providers

2021
Violence Free Minnesota
National Alliance for Safe Housing
National Network to End Domestic Violence

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which was enacted into law in March 2021, Congress appropriated $5 billion for Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) intended to assist individuals and families who are homeless or facing housing instability, as well as individuals and families who are fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, or human trafficking. This document provides: 

  • An overview of the allocation and distribution process for EHVs; and
  • Recommended steps that victim service providers (VSPs), including culturally specific victim service organizations, serving domestic, sexual assault, and human trafficking survivors, can take to advocate for gender and racially equitable survivor access to these new resources.
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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. 

Federal laws and policies have a significant impact on survivors' access to housing, and address topics including housing discrimination, emergency transfers, public housing, homelessness prevention, and more. This page provides links to the Violence Against Women Act, McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the HEARTH Act, and other relevant provisions in the law.