Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children. The fear of losing safe and affordable housing is also one of the top reasons that victims stay with their abuser. Survivors of abuse also can face barriers to accessing affordable housing such as poor credit, ruined rental histories, lack of steady employment, and housing discrimination.
Responses new Housing for Survivors Program focuses on getting survivors into stable housing while providing the necessary support as they rebuild their lives. A primary goal of the program is to help survivors of domestic violence achieve sustainable financial independence. The program has three components: emergency short-term housing, transitional housing for up to three months, and rental assistance. Responses housing program manager works with clients on establishing and maintaining their personal budgets, helps with housing and employment searches, and connects them with other types of emergency financial assistance. Clients continue to access Responses advocacy, counseling, and community referral services throughout their time in the housing program.
Culturally inclusive and competent advocacy for victims, their families, and non-abusive significant others that includes:
Information, resources, and referrals to other agencies
Assistance with temporary protection orders
Immigration services for survivors
Human trafficking support services
Sexual harassment support
Civil and criminal justice support including navigating the judicial and victims compensation systems
Accompaniment for a victim to the doctor or hospital
When possible, Response offers support groups for adult victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault
Response works with our community in the upper Roaring Fork Valley with schools, businesses, community associations, judicial system partners, and faith-based organizations to end domestic and sexual abuse. We strive to change the community conversation around domestic and sexual abuse and to drive social change by encouraging bystander intervention and collective intolerance of abuse, and highlighting the reality that these are community-wide problems that deserve community-wide solutions. We provide prevention education programming in middle schools from Basalt to Aspen.
Response speakers are also available to any group interested in a presentation about issues related to domestic and sexual abuse. Topics include but are not limited to:
Response Programs and Services
Domestic Violence 101
Sexual Harassment and Abuse
Teen dating violence