If you or someone you know is in need of housing assistance, there are a variety of options available. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
For a list of local shelters, transitional housing and supportive living communities, click here.
SHELTERS (average stay: 30 days)
This is a location for immediate, urgent safety. A family can feel safe and start healing. When leaving a shelter, a woman should always have a plan for her next steps and know where she will live.
The best option is a longer-term program such as transitional housing or even a supportive-living community. At the very least, the woman should make plans to live with a friend after staying at a shelter so she does not have to return to her abuser.
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING (various lengths of stay, up to 2 years)
After a shelter, the next step is transitional housing. Victims can receive more in-depth services and more time to heal, learn life skills and build a foundation for permanent change.
Services could include counseling, classes, job advising, financial planning, etc. Around three months prior to leaving transitional housing, she wants to prepare for the next step: find her own place, seek subsidized housing or apply to a supportive living
SUPPORTIVE LIVING COMMUNITIES (various lengths of stay)
After transitional housing, a supportive living community can provide more time to become permanently independent. Due to limited space, supportive living communities typically have a more extensive application and selective admission process.
Longer-term residence, extensive counseling, financial planning, job skills training, additional education, etc. for healing and self-supportiveness are provided. The goal is to end cycles of abuse and poverty, heal and experience permanent, positive change. The Gatehouse is a supportive living community.