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How Housing First Can Work for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

A February 2015 report from the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence describes how Housing First can be adapted for survivors of domestic violence. The report, The Washington State Domestic Violence Housing First Program: Cohort 2 Agencies Final Evaluation Report, analyzes three years of data from September 2011 to September 2014. Program components include survivor-drive advocacy, community engagement, housing stability, and flexible financial assistance.

During the three-year study period, agencies assisted over 681 survivors of domestic violence (DV) and their 1,000 children, many of whom were either experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. Findings include:

  • 96% housing retention rate
  • Decreased dependence on services
  • Increased feelings of safety, stability, and dignity
  • Improved collaboration between DV-specific and mainstream resources

Click here for the full report. 


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