Housing and Battered Women: Using Housing Vouchers to Assist Battered Women Move From Welfare to Work

The paper identifies barriers faced by many survivors as they attempt to move from welfare to work and shows how the HUD welfare-to-work voucher program can help women overcome these obstacles. Advocacy strategies with PHAs are emphasized.

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Housing and Battered Women: Using Housing Vouchers to Assist Battered Women Move from Welfare to Work by Robin Hammeal-Urban was written to provide domestic violence advocates with information and strategies to promote the use of HUD's new welfare-to-work housing vouchers as a resource to assist battered women receiving public assistance. The paper identifies barriers faced by many battered women as they attempt to move from welfare to work and identifies how the new voucher program can help women overcome these obstacles. Also included are descriptions of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) application process and the role of housing authorities in the administration of the voucher program.

This paper, published in March 1999, is the fourth in a series of policy and practice papers from the Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence initiative of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, a project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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