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.

DV and Housing in Colorado

The issues of domestic violence and homelessness are inextricably linked. Domestic violence is a primary cause of homelessness for women and children. A staggering 92% of women who are homeless report having experienced severe physical and/or sexual assault at some point in their lives. Approximately 50 percent of all women who are homeless report that domestic violence was the immediate cause of their homelessness. [1]

Domestic violence survivors are routinely met with discrimination when finding new housing; a lack of affordable housing and housing assistance further limits their options. The 2015 National Network to End Domestic Violence Domestic Violence Census found 158 Unmet Requests for Services in One Day, of Which 79% Were for Housing. And that doesn’t account for all the survivors that do not reach out to a shelter for housing for various reasons.

Most recent data from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (2016) found that someone would have to earn $21.12/hour to afford a two-bedroom unit in Colorado. If someone is making minimum wage, they would have to work 102 hours/week to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Colorado. [2]

The barriers, discrimination, and lack of affordable housing options and resources greatly affect the long-term stability and safety of survivors in Colorado. Violence Free Colorado is working collaboratively with statewide partners and programs to make a meaningful difference in addressing housing barriers that survivors of domestic violence face.

Please see more information about two projects that Violence Free Colorado  is involved with:

[1] Webster, M. (2013). Pathway to Permanent Housing for Victims of Domestic Violence. Denver : Colorado Division of Criminal Justice: Office for Victims Programs.

[2] National Low Income Housing Coalition , 2016

Violence Free Colorado's Housing Program

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 lchristopher@nullviolencefreeco.org 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.