Alicia has never slept in a building doorway. She and her kids have never spent the night in a tent on the streets of Seattle. But for two years, Alicia and her family were homeless.
After Alicia’s abusive partner destroyed her credit by taking out loans in her name and left her without any means to pay rent, she was evicted. She and her children spent a few months staying with various family and friends, never knowing how long they could stay. They spent the next year living out of their car. And for six months after that – before they came to LifeWire – they moved from shelter to shelter.
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Women and children are not among the homeless people we typically see on the streets of Seattle. You wouldn’t pass by them on your way to work or see them at a freeway onramp. Yet about half of homeless people are families, and domestic violence remains a leading cause of homelessness among women and children in the U.S. today.
“Eighty percent of homeless women with children have experienced domestic violence,” said Rachel Krinsky, LifeWire’s Executive Director. “Right here in Washington State, families with children represent nearly half of the 20,000 people who are homeless on any given night.”
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The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services invests $2,000,000 in
Domestic Violence Housing First research
October 27, 2016
The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) will receive $2,000,000 from a partnership between the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct research on Domestic Violence Housing First, an approach to preventing homelessness for survivors of abuse and their children. Domestic Violence Housing First has shown promising results in a pilot program with urban, rural, and Tribal domestic violence programs across Washington state.
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By Barbara Langdon
The most effective way to reduce homelessness is to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place.
We’ve known this intuitively for a long time. Now, we have the results to support it.
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