Continuua of Care are generally made up of community stakeholders working collectively to end homelessness and applying federal and local funds to support these efforts. Victim services agencies should be key voices in these conversations.
Aimed at ensuring access to housing services that match the need of each unique household, Coordinated Entry Systems vary across communities as to how survivors of domestic and sexual violence are considered.
Recipients of federal funds for housing are required to comply with data collection and reporting standards established by federal funders. Victim services programs, however, must comply with federal requirements to protect private identifying information, which can make participating in housing funding streams extremely challenging.
Once consisting primarily of shelter, responses to homelessness and housing instability are now many and varied.
Many programs are examining ways to better ensure access to services by eliminating requirements that can become barriers for those seeking help with housing and/or victim services.
No matter how comprehensive your services, no one program can do it all. Partnerships and collaborations across systems can be a boon to ensuring that survivors receive the support they need.