The dawn of a new year inspired hope and possibility for many, but the foundations of this country were rocked on the 6th of January. We must name racism and white supremacy and acknowledge the trauma of bearing witness to violent mobs and fascist coup attempts – the effects of which are far reaching and, as of yet, not adequately unpacked by pundits or mainstream media. We must reckon if we hope for any chance to heal. Though the crises of this moment are urgent, the moment is ripe for transformation. Through our work to eliminate violence in all its forms, including economic, gendered, and racialized violence, we are committed to the realization of healthy, loving, and resourced communities for all.
In this issue, we begin to make the case for a bold change in how local communities prioritize vulnerabilities and housing assistance - and the need for a nationwide shift to a trauma-informed and culturally-responsive approach. Employing these principles to re-imagine and re-design housing systems will benefit all individuals and families in need of housing supports, regardless of victimization experience.
This issue of the Safe Housing Partnerships newsletter seeks to honor the lessons being learned as a result of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. In March of this year, as widespread public health measures were advised and then mandated, essential workers and social service providers across the spectrum scrambled to make the necessary pivots to acquire personal protective equipment (PPE), to protect and support essential frontline staff, and to safely and equitably reach, house, and resource members of those communities who are often and historically poorly served. As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, so too, does historic and structural racism. The linkages between poor health and lack of safe housing can no longer be denied. This edition highlights the resources developed and foundational lessons learned from this global public health crisis to inform our strategies for safely housing survivors in a collaborative, equitable, and accessible way.
Join a national network of service providers, advocates, grassroots organizations, and leaders from coast to coast for the first national conference addressing the housing needs of domestic violence/sexual assault survivors, communities of color, and marginalized populations!
This issue of the Safe Housing Partnerships newsletter focuses on connectivity and intersectionality to expand safe housing options for survivors. This edition highlights resources and efforts to inform our strategies for moving our work forward in a collaborative, inclusive, and accessible way.
HUD recently announced the awards for the FY2018 CoC Program Competition.
Change can start with just #1Thing. One person’s actions may seem insignificant, but together a communities' collective “#1Things” can lead to real social transformation.
Addressing survivors’ housing needs requires meaningful, sustained partnerships between domestic violence and sexual assault organizations and homelessness and housing providers. We can meet shared goals when we work collaboratively to ensure local programs, systems, institutions, and laws and policies are responsive to the unique challenges and opportunities at the intersection of domestic violence, sexual assault and housing.