Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) October 23, 2012
On Tuesday, October 30, DASH will present "Improving Domestic Violence Survivors' Access to Housing”, presented in conjunction with the National Housing Law Project. This nationwide training webinar will cover the ground-breaking approach DASH has employed in its programs throughout the District of Columbia to ensure access to safe housing for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, so that victims don’t have to choose between living with abuse or living without a home.
DASH will outline essential methods for helping survivors secure housing through the relationships DASH has with both public and private housing providers. During this training, they will share strategies for engaging housing authorities and private landlords in providing safe housing and best practices for working with them. They will also discuss case examples illustrating how their efforts resulted in domestic violence survivors obtaining housing and/or avoiding homelessness.
“We are thrilled to partner with the National Law Housing Project to address this important issue” said Peg Hacskaylo, Executive Director of DASH, which has been recognized locally and nationally for their innovative model of safe housing for survivors. “Women are one the fastest growing groups of homeless people in the country and are also more vulnerable to be victimized while homeless. If we can help create a better response to victims seeking safe housing, it could ensure that hundreds of families become safe from abuse without facing life on the streets.”
The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) is a national advocacy organization that provides free technical assistance and training to housing programs, legal services attorneys, and advocates on a variety of housing issues affecting survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Support for this webinar and others provided by NHLP is provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
DASH is an innovator in providing access to safe housing and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families as they rebuild their lives on their own terms. We seek to strengthen and expand the local safety net for survivors by providing high quality, voluntary services that are responsive to their individual needs and by engaging lawmakers, community members, service providers, and survivors in the movement to make safe housing more accessible in the short-term and
less necessary in the long-term.
Contact: Peg Hacskaylo
District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH)
Phone: 202/462-3274 x110
Email: phacskaylo (at) dashdc (dot) org