National Alliance for Safe Housing

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

2018
National Alliance for Safe Housing

The National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH) has released a toolkit for homelessness housing providers who work with victims of domestic and sexual violence. The Toolkit’s focus on safety planning will help providers better link to victims’ services and ensure that survivors receive the support needed.

2017 Safe Housing Needs Assessment: Results Overview

2018
National Alliance for Safe Housing

In 2017, the National Alliance for Safe Housing, in collaboration with the Domestic Violence and Housing TA Consortium and other key partners, developed and disseminated a national Safe Housing Needs Assessment to gather input from community service providers, coalitions and continuums of care. This assessment -- the first of its kind -- aimed at simultaneously reaching the domestic and sexual violence field and the homeless and housing field. It gathered information on topics ranging from the extent to which both fields coordinate to provide safety and access to services for domestic and sexual violence survivors within the homeless system, to ways in which programs are implementing innovative models to promote long-term housing stability for survivors and their families. This report provides an overview of the key findings from the 2,000+ people who participated in the needs assessment.

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.

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.

Coordinated Entry Best Practices: Spotlight on Rural Communities

2018
National Alliance for Safe Housing
DVHTAC TA Team

This webinar highlights two communities (Taos, NM and Scranton, PA) working to meet the housing needs of survivors in their rural areas. Presenters from NM will share information about their parallel domestic violence coordinated entry system, developed in the context of extremely high rates of poverty, child homelessness, and racial disparities. Presenters from PA will discuss the state of housing across PA, their parallel DV coordinated entry system, and programmatic modifications to better connect with survivors in a large geographic and sparsely populated area.

WEBINAR - Housing First & Rapid Re-Housing for Survivors: Creating and Supporting Safe and Stable Housing

2018
National Alliance for Safe Housing

This webinar examines how housing first and rapid re-housing models can be adapted for domestic and sexual violence survivors. We explore effective approaches employed by a growing number of victim service providers to lower barriers for survivors accessing housing assistance, as well as what we're learning about their impact, particularly in Washington State (WSCADV's DV Housing First).  

FAQ - Coordinated Entry (CE) Process: A Resource for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victim Service Providers

2017
National Alliance for Safe Housing
National Network to End Domestic Violence
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Collaborative Solutions

This FAQ tool has been developed in response to questions the Consortium has received from DV/SA advocates who are interested in learning more about the Homeless Continuum of Care coordinated entry (CE) requirements and process to promote CE access and safe housing options for survivors. The FAQ draws from regulations and other guidance from HUD and USICH and offers strategies and resources for DV/SA providers who want to contribute to the creation and implementation of the CE process in their communities.