Housing First Results in Positive Outcomes for Domestic Violence Victims
Last month, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) showcased the results from the Domestic Violence Housing First pilot (DVHF), a five-year pilot program launched by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that tested the success of a “survivor-centered, Housing First approach to preventing homelessness for survivors of domestic violence and their families.”
The results are exciting:
- 96% of pilot participants remain stably housed after 18 months;
- 84% reported an increase in safety for themselves and their children; and
- 76% of survivors only received minimal services from the domestic violence programs at minimum costs to the agency.
According to USICH, “the pilot highlights that the power of flexible philanthropic dollars, even in small amounts, is real and worth pursuing” and “serves as an example of how collaboration across government, community-based providers, and the private sector is essential in the response to family homelessness.”
Read the full blog post here.