Progress Update

Wanted to write a quick update on our new Rapid Re-housing initiative and how it's been going so far.  I'm pleased to report that in the short time we've been doing this (21 days!) we have moved....drum roll please....7 adults and 11 children out of cars, emergency shelters, and the woods to their own apartments!!!!  Signing leases and having people hug you because they finally have a stable place to lay their head is so unbelievably fun and very rewarding. 

A big part of this project is continuing to provide case management and supports to these families in their homes so we have 2 staff members dedicated to making home visits to continue working with these clients to help them increase their income, make sure kiddos have what they need, and connect them with additional community resources.

A need:  Since most of these families are starting out with nothing we are seeingincreased need for household items:  dishes, plates, silverware, pots, pans, towels, hangers, beds, furniture, chairs...etc.  We give each of these families a 'household starter kit' of cleaning supplies but we don't have the other items to give. We are working on some local partnerships with area agencies so that will help but please keep us in mind next time you clean out your cabinets.  :)

Homelessness and Domestic Violence: Leading Facts and Statistics

Domestic violence is often a contributor or cause of homelessness. Escaping abusive situations means leaving the residence where the abuse is occurring and sometimes victims are unable to find shelter through friends, family or available community resources. Understanding the challenges of being homeless, and the statistics about homelessness and domestic violence, may help encourage victims to plan how they leave, when they leave, what circumstances they leave under and where they go, as this article explains.

  • Approximately 50% of all women who are homeless report that domestic violence was the immediate cause of their homelessness.
  • 84% of homeless women have experienced severe physical or sexual abuse at some point in their lives.
  • 33% of homeless women have been victims of severe assault by their current or most recent intimate partner.
  • By age 12, 83% of homeless children have been exposed to at least one serious violent event and nearly 25% have witnessed acts of violence within their families.
  • Mothers experiencing homelessness have three times the rate of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (36%) and twice the rate of drug and alcohol dependence (41%).
  • About 50% of mothers experienced a major depressive episode since becoming homeless. They have ulcers at four times the rate of other women.

Reprinted with permission from www.domesticshelters.org. Click the link for complete list of sources and more information on how to escape domestic violence.