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Innovative Strategies To Provide Housing For Battered Women

This paper highlights 8 DV programs response to the housing needs of battered women. All initiatives describe collaborative relationships with agencies, including PHAs, homeless coalitions, nonprofit housing developers and/or homeless service providers.

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Innovative Strategies to Provide Housing for Battered Women by Amy Corriea (1999) highlights how eight domestic violence organizations are responding to the housing needs of battered women in their communities. Projects highlighted are: Elizabeth Stone House in Massachusetts; Stop Abusive Family Environments (SAFE) in West Virginia; Middle Way House, Inc. in Indiana; Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence; Women Opting for More Affordable Housing Now, Inc.(WOMAN, Inc.) in Texas; Project Link in Pennsylvania; Boulder County Safe House in Colorado; and, Family Unification Program in Iowa.

All of the initiatives described involve collaborative relationships with other agencies, including local and state public housing authorities, homeless coalitions, non-profit housing developers and/or homeless service providers. Various aspects of creating housing programs are explored, including resource acquisition, building collaborations with other agencies, and program development. Contact information and a list with definitions of common terms is included.

This paper, published in January 1999, is one of 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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