Federal Support for Providing Housing to Individuals Experiencing Domestic Violence [July 6, 2020]   [open pdf - 479KB]

From the Introduction: "Domestic violence (DV) affects millions of people in the United States each year. In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that that an estimated 12 million adult women and men experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in the year preceding the survey. Reports from some victim organizations and law enforcement agencies indicated an uptick in DV during the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. Individuals who experience DV are especially vulnerable to housing instability and financial challenges. Housing instability can include having difficulty paying rent or a mortgage, being denied housing because of past credit or rental history problems, facing threats of eviction, living in over-crowded conditions, or experiencing homelessness. A one-day census count in September 2019 of about 1,700 DV programs (out of nearly 1,900 nationally) indicated that the programs provided 43,000 adult and child victims of DV with short-term emergency shelters, transitional housing (a temporary accommodation between emergency shelter and longer-term housing), or other housing. On that same day, these programs lacked the capacity to provide housing to nearly 8,000 adult and child victims. Separately, a 2008 Department of Justice-funded study of 3,400 residents in domestic violence shelter programs identified safety (85% of residents) and affordable housing (83% of residents) as their two primary needs."

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CRS In Focus, IF11592
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