Transitional Housing

When Home is Not Safe For Mothers and Children

In 2005, 50% of United States cities surveyed reported domestic violence is a primary cause of homelessness. Forty-seven (47%) percent of homeless school-aged children and 29% of homeless children under 5 have witnessed domestic violence in their families. In 2008, the U.S. Conference of Mayors revealed that 28% of homeless women are victims of domestic violence.

Purpose of Moving Forward Program

To assist survivors and their children with safe affordable housing options as they gain economic stability and achieve their personal goals

MOVING FORWARD is the transitional step in stabilizing survivors and their families into safe affordable housing. Transitional housing is designed as a bridge to self-sufficiency and ultimately to permanent housing. This program is designed to assist those survivors who have severed the relationship with their abusers and who begin to establish goals that work toward economic stability.

Primary Services Offered

  • interior_child_heartAssistance with finding affordable housing based on the survivor’s individual needs, including location in the city or surrounding area
  • Advocacy with landlords to ensure safe and appropriate housing that meets HUD guidelines
  • Provides some rental or utility assistance depending on the needs of the survivor and the availability of funding
  • Provide a service delivery model that supports the strengthening and increasing of survivors credit history by having the housing in the survivor’s name to enhance self-sufficiency
  • Services through “Invest in Yourself” Program to continue educational or employment goals, assistance with budgeting and financial literacy skills
  • Provides support and advocacy focused on assisting the survivor to build strong, healthy families. Advocacy includes skill-based educational opportunities, life skills support groups, parenting support and connections to community resources
  • Maintain access to civil legal services available at the New Orleans Family Justice Center to address longer term civil legal needs such as custody, divorce and property issues
  • Maintain access to individual or group counseling for themselves or their children through the Trauma Recovery services
  • Access to other civil legal issues that may impact their access or maintaining of housing
  • Continued advocacy to identify potential availability of permanent housing resources

Community Advocacy

  • Identify and recruit fair and reasonable landlords who support our mission and service philosophy
  • Support and Promote state laws that prohibits housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence and sexual assault