Domestic Violence affects women of all education, social and economic levels, all ages, religions and ethnic groups. It is estimated that over 50% of homeless women and children are fleeing from homes where they have experienced domestic violence. These victims are forced to flee from their homes to escape further abuse or death at the hands of an intimate partner; left with little or nor options, they become homeless. Many of these individuals leave their homes with little or no economic support and they are often affected by poverty. Through the transitional housing and supportive services program these individuals will have the opportunity to complete their education or enhance their work skills which will enable them to escape from poverty and obtain permanent housing that is free from abuse.
Case management will be provided for all residents of the transitional housing program. This service will comprise of goal planning sessions, goal plan review sessions, referral services, assisting residents with accessing mainstream programs and safety planning. Case managers will meet with survivors 2-3 times each week. During these sessions the case manager will review the survivor's progress on goals and assist with setting new goals for the survivor.
Ongoing classes will be offered on a rotating basis for all survivors in the program. Classes will focus on providing them with life skills that will assist them with obtaining self-sufficient permanent housing. Classes will be offered twice each week with topics such as resume writings skills, interviewing skills, typing tutorials, basic computer skills, parenting classes and budgeting courses.
When the survivor is preparing to leave the case manager will assist her with completing a discharge service plan. The service plan will include safety planning and information regarding supportive services available for survivors following their departure.
We will identify the survivor’s eligibility for benefits such as SSI, TANF, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Child Support Enforcement, through questionnaires conducted by the case manager. Once a survivor’s eligibility is determined the case manager will assist the survivor with filling out application for appropriate benefits. The case manager will accompany the survivor to mainstream health and/or social service agencies to submit the application. Once the client is approved for benefits the case manager will follow up with the them on a monthly basis to ensure the benefits are being received.
We will assist the residents of the program with obtaining permanent housing by providing updated listings of available housing options through newspapers and real-estate guides. We will also participate in a local home buying program through Lafayette Consolidated Government, where residents will be informed of options for first times home-buyers.
The client will receive training classes in finance and budgeting to assist her with her finances to maintain permanent housing. The skill learned in these classes will educate the participants on how to save money, pay bills on time and plan for the future. Additionally, training programs will be provided to enhance job skills such as computer literacy, typing, resume writing, interview techniques and GED training to assist with obtaining higher paying jobs.