Creating Permanent Supportive Housing to Meet the Needs of Survivors of Domestic Violence: A Toolkit for Housing Developers, Architects, Property Managers, and Housing Service Providers
This Toolkit was made possible thanks to the insight of community partners and survivors of domestic violence and homelessness, and financial support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Blue Shield of California Foundation. View the resulting 4-part webinar series here.
About the ToolKit
Despite previous research showing that more than one-third (38%) of domestic violence survivors experience homelessness at some point in their lives, there has remained a dearth of public guidance on housing solutions that meet their specific needs.
To remedy this gap, the Downtown Women’s Center and the National Alliance for Safe Housing partnered in 2019 to develop this Toolkit as a best practice resource for housing developers, property managers, and service providers involved in building and operating Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) for survivors of domestic violence (DV).
First conceptualized in meetings of the Domestic Violence & Homeless Services Coalition (DVHSC), the Toolkit incorporates unique perspectives from architects, service providers, housing developers, property managers, and survivors themselves from across the U.S., in order to serve those currently operating PSH as well as those exploring the creation of new PSH buildings and programs. As the first of its kind, the Toolkit also includes recommendations for involving survivors in the development of more inclusive, trauma-informed PSH programs, to better meet the need for effective permanent housing options in addition to shelter, transitional housing, and rapid re-housing models.
While intended as a reference for individuals building and operating PSH for DV survivors, the Toolkit’s recommendations are applicable across PSH programs and partnerships that serve or will serve trauma survivors, even if units are not specifically designated for survivors of DV.
Topics addressed in this Toolkit include:
- The implementation of trauma-informed care in PSH building and program design.
- Considerations around serving survivors of color and survivors with other intersectional identities.
- Avenues for developing long-term, sustainable dialogues with survivors regarding PSH design and operation, in order to create programs that more effectively respond to their unique needs, challenges, and perspectives.
- The cultivation of strategic partnerships and community support in PSH development, as well as the identification of key funding sources.
- Considerations for responsive and effective property management, with information on leasing policies, legal housing protections, and safety, security, and confidentiality risks.