Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness among women and children. Access to safe, stable, affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges facing survivors of domestic violence. Connecticut's domestic violence shelter system has run over capacity for the past several years. This means that at any given point in the year, on average, our shelters are full. Shelters are a lifeline, but they are not a permanent housing solution and should only be considered the first step, when necessary, to help survivors and their children achieve safety and stability.
CCADV and our 18 member organizations provide a substantial amount of housing-related advocacy with or on behalf of survivors. This includes navigating various housing and benefit systems throughout the state and ensuring that survivors have equitable access to a variety of housing programs. We work in partnership with local housing providers, including Coordinated Access Networks.
Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Rapid Re-Housing
CCADV will partners with the CT Department of Housing to administer a new federal grant aimed at diverting homelessness specifically among domestic violence and human trafficking survivors. The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) grant of $1.7 million will be used to assist eligible survivors who have children with rent and security deposits. Survivors will stay connected to a domestic violence or human trafficking advocate who will provide case management that includes trauma-informed, victim-centered approaches to rebuilding self-esteem, develop essential life skills, and establish financial independence by supporting their goals to increase income and self-sufficiency, in addition to traditional safety planning, counseling, risk assessment, and other support services already provided.
Connecticut Leads Nation with Housing Confidentiality Protocol
In 2017, CCADV and the CT Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) launched a unique and innovative partnership to house survivors of domestic violence facing homelessness. Following consultation with state and federal funders, the protocol developed by CCADV and CCEH creates equitable access to federal and state homeless housing resources for domestic violence survivors in Connecticut. Homeless and domestic violence providers work together through the use of a de-identified form to confidentially add survivors to public housing resource registries. Survivors must still meet the requirements of any given housing program, but the protocol increases access to options that had traditionally been limited by federal confidentiality restrictions for domestic violence survivors.
For more information about our housing advocacy services, please contact Annie Stockton Sabrowski, MPA, Director of Housing Advocacy, at (860) 282-7899 or firstname.lastname@example.org.