Due to the continuing and rising need for permanent and affordable housing for survivors of domestic violence, Violence Free Colorado developed the Housing Program to provide training and technical assistance on sheltering, housing and homelessness issues as they relate to domestic violence.
The Housing Program can provide information on state and national housing laws and options necessary to effectively meet survivors’ housing needs and to engage in local housing systems advocacy. The Housing Program also engages in housing systems advocacy on the state and national level.
Lindsay Christopher is the Housing Program Manager and Chance Lebeau is the Housing Program Coordinator; together they make up the Violence Free Colorado Housing Team. As the statewide domestic violence coalition, Violence Free Colorado provides trainings, information, and technical assistance across a variety of topics relating to sheltering and housing survivors of domestic violence. This includes, but is not limited to: best practices in emergency shelter and transitional housing as well as innovative alternatives, national and state housing protections, and mobile advocacy.
The housing team also provides information and education to homeless service providers and homeless systems interacting with survivors of domestic violence and community based organizations to increase collaboration and survivors’ access to safe housing, while also adhering to organizations’ confidentiality requirements. We are also working to expand our capacity to provide TA and training around economic justice issues for survivors, so stay tuned!
Housing for Crime Victims Special Project Information
The Housing For Crime Victims Special Project ran from May 2017-December 2018. All of the sites participating in the project will continue to receive funding for their housing work and funding through 2020. Additional sites were also approved and awarded funding beginning January 2019 to improve survivors’ access to long term housing. In February of 2019 the Housing Program Manager began working with a contracted evaluator, Dr. Echo Rivera, to gather data from the special project sites in preparation for data analysis. The analysis and evaluation process is currently wrapping up and when it is finalized, we will post the final draft to the website for your reference
For information on the project and the housing sites please click here.
For additional information and/or training requests please contact Lindsay Christopher, Housing Program Manager at email@example.com or 303-962-3321*
*Violence Free Colorado is a statewide coalition that focuses on the issue of domestic violence through policy, training, collaboration, and systems advocacy. We do not provide emergency direct services to survivors and do not directly provide housing. Please see www.violencefreecolorado.org/find-help to find a local program near you.