Housing for People Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has created a new guide to help Continuums of Care (CoCs) determine the usage of transitional housing projects for people who have experienced domestic violence within their community.
A Guide to Reviewing Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Projects within the CoC Competition outlines a list of questions to help CoCs assess the performance, structures, and services of transitional housing projects for victims of domestic violence and decide how to rank these projects in the CoC Notice of Funding application.
Housing programs for victims of domestic violence are a critical component of a comprehensive homelessness service system.
As outlined in a recent U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) In Focus message, projects serving victims and survivors of domestic violence, including transitional housing projects, should have a place in a community’s system, as long as they meet a need in the community, can show positive safety- and housing-related outcomes, and allow for participant choice in electing to participate in the project.
This guide was designed to help CoCs review domestic violence transitional housing project applications during the CoC program competition. While CoCs have full discretion in designing their ranking processes, the guide can help CoCs:
- Understand the outcomes, structure, and services of domestic violence transitional housing projects,
- Make decisions on how to rank these projects in the CoC program competition and,
- Navigate and overcome challenges in the ranking process