Our Housing & Economic Justice Program provides training and technical assistance to direct-service providers throughout the state on sheltering, housing and homelessness issues as they relate to domestic violence.
Please note our programming does not provide emergency shelter or other housing assistance directly to survivors (such as: homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing, and housing stability support). However, local programs may further assist with accessing these resources. Click here to find direct services near you.
DV & Housing: Intersections & Impact
Domestic violence and homelessness are inextricably linked, and have long term impacts on survivors. Here's how:
DV is a primary cause of homelessness for women and children
92% of women who are homeless report having experienced severe physical and/or sexual assault at some point in their lives
As a result of their partner’s abuse, DV survivors may have poor credit, evictions on their record, and lack landlord references (or have negative ones)
Barriers to Housing for DV Survivors
The following affect the long term safety and stability of survivors in Colorado:
DV survivors are routinely met with discrimination when finding new housing
A lack of affordable housing and housing assistance further limits their options
Housing Program Manager Lindsay Christopher and Housing Program Specialist Chance LeBeau make up our Housing & Economic Justice Team. They provide trainings, information, and technical assistance on a variety of topics related to sheltering and housing survivors of domestic violence.
This includes, but is not limited to: best practices in emergency shelter and transitional housing, innovative housing alternatives like the Domestic Violence Housing First Model, and housing protections for survivors of domestic violence.
During 2020 our team has continued to build their capacity to provide technical assistance and resources to programs looking to expand and/or deepen their economic justice work with survivors through the Allstate Foundation grant. Stay tuned for more information and updates about this.
Violence Free Colorado offers a once-a-month newsletter dedicated to housing and economic justice.
If there are certain topics you would like to see covered or if you would like to share anything in the newsletter, please contact Lindsay Christopher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-962-3321.