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Vol. III, Issue I                                                                                           View this email in your browser
Summer 2019

Connectivity & Intersectionalities: Expanding Safe Housing  for Survivors

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.

In this issue:

October is just around the corner and so is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

Find out more about the #1Thing campaign and what you can do to effect change.

Intersectionalities:  Ableism, Racism, and Housing Instability
Throughout the U.S., people with disabilities are facing a severe housing crisis.  Approximately 4.9 million non-institutionalized Americans with disabilities who rely on SSI have incomes averaging only $8,995 per year – so low as to be priced out of every rental housing market in the nation.

In this thought provoking blog, Rene Lopez, disabilities rights activist, explores the intersection of ableism, racism and housing instability and how housing discrimination against people with disabilities -- particularly for people of color -- is contributing to this national crisis. 

Fleeing and Attempting to Flee:
An Overview of HUD's Category 4 Definition of Homelessness and What It Means for Survivors

A survivor of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking should never have to choose between living with abuse or being homeless.  While the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act) addresses homeless status for survivors under the Category 4 definition of homelessness, there is still some confusion in many communities over what fleeing and attempting to flee entails.  

Maria Williams, from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, walks us through the Category 4 definition and provides a great overview of the definition of fleeing and attempting to flee, eligibility requirements and how the Category 4 definition can connect survivors to much needed housing.
$50 million available in
DV Bonus through the 2019 CoC Program Competition
The 2019 CoC Program Competition will come to a close on September 30, 2019 and this is the second year that HUD has appropriated $50 million in funding for new projects serving survivors through the DV Bonus (i.e., DV RRH, Joint TH and PH-RRH Component Project, and DV Coordinated Entry). 
In 2018, HUD awarded $60.9 million in funding to projects serving survivors which included 177 new projects.  Of the 177 new projects, 124 were funding through the DV Bonus.
This is certainly great news for victim service providers and the housing field. We will look forward this year’s competition of robust funding to continue to expand safe housing options for survivors.
Don’t forget to check out Safe Housing Partnerships for information on this year’s NOFA and resources to support expanding safe housing for survivors.  You can also Link to HUD’s Domestic Violence and Homelessness page for additional information.
Technical Assistance Question (TAQ)*
TAQ: How can creating partnerships with moving companies help domestic violence advocates address survivors’ relocation needs?

“I am trying desperately to get back home to North Dakota before my abuser is released from jail. I am stranded in Louisiana. Please help me if in any way possible.”
– Survivor reaching
out to NRCDV

Survivors often reach out with inquiries about relocation assistance. In my role as a technical assistance provider at NRCDV, I often feel heartbroken over the challenges they face, and at the same time, inspired by the resilience and resourcefulness that they carry. Relocation is certainly a broad and complex issue, with many important considerations.

In this TAQ, Patty Branco, NRCDV, takes a deeper look at how collaborations with moving companies can strengthen options and strategies for survivors relocating to safe housing.
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*What is a TAQ?  The TAQ, developed by NRCDV, provides information on various issues related to gender-based violence that has national reach or impact and is relevant to the work being done by service providers and advocates in local communities. Each TAQ is in direct response to specific questions received from the field or developed around emerging issues. 
Questions? The Consortium TA Team provides individualized technical assistance and training to communities interested in expanding the array of safe housing options for domestic and sexual violence survivors. We can support domestic and sexual violence advocates, homelessness and housing providers, and other allied partners interested in building stronger community collaborations.  Contact us at
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New Toolkit on Housing Rights for Survivors 

The National Alliance for Safe Housing, in partnership with the National Housing Law Project, has developed a new resource, Community Based Advocates Toolkit: A Resource Guide for Professionals Helping Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Dating Violence Survivors (Toolkit).  The toolkit addresses the most common questions and situations presented by survivor advocates and homeless shelter and housing program advocates. It will help advocates understand the basic housing rights of survivors and provide information to help survivors get assistance accessing their housing rights -- which in turn will give advocates the kind of information they need to feel empowered to do their job.  

Featured Safe Housing Resources  

Check out these great resources from DVHTAC and our allied partners:
For more great resources, visit

The DVHTAC Team Is

The Consortium is pleased to announce the addition of two new technical assistance providers to the TA team.  Welcome to both the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)!  We are excited to have NSVRC join the team as they elevate our focus in addressing safe housing for survivors of sexual assault. Similarly, it is great to have CSH help us expand our scope of work around VAWA implementation and housing protections for survivors.

For questions, or to request TA, you can reach us at
Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium
The Consortium, launched in 2015, provides training, technical assistance, and resource development at the critical intersection of homelessness and domestic violence and sexual assault. Funded by a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Consortium supports a TA Team of six national organizations: Collaborative Solutions, the National Alliance for Safe Housing, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and Corporation for Supportive Housing. The Consortium works collaboratively to improve policies and practices that strengthen efforts to build safe and supportive housing options for domestic and sexual violence survivors. 
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