The District needs to do more to ensure that no one has to choose between living with abuse and being homeless.
(PRWEB) July 31, 2014
Peg Hacskaylo, the founder and current Executive Director of the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH), recently wrote an Op Ed entitled, “The Devil is in the District,” for the Huffington Post. The piece focused on the impact of the current housing crisis on survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
While the incidence of domestic violence in the District has increased in the last year, housing options have dwindled. When survivors of sexual and domestic violence don’t have access to safe, affordable housing they are likely to stay in abusive relationships or live on the streets and are more vulnerable to abuse. Even if a survivor secures temporary housing it’s never ideal. DC General, the largest shelter in the District isn’t safe, comfortable or even sanitary according to a recent report by Washington Post. There is a significant gap in services for all homeless in the District, but for survivors it's even more severe. In one day in 2013, there were 40 unmet requests for housing from domestic violence survivors according the NNEDV yearly census. The impact for survivors isn't just homelessness, it's potentially fatal as the rate of domestic violence related homicides in DC has increased in the last year. The District needs to do more to ensure that no one has to choose between living with abuse and being homeless.
The District Alliance for Safe Housing, founded in 2007, is the largest safe housing provider in the District. 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. DASH seeks 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.
To read the full article, click here: "The Devil is in the District"