The need for safe housing and the financial resources to maintain safe housing are two of the most pressing concerns among survivors who are planning to leave or have recently left their abusers.
Amidst the twin crises of the covid-19 pandemic and Greater Boston’s regional housing crisis, RESPOND formally launched its Housing Program to help survivors of domestic violence seek and secure safe housing — and stay housed.
RESPOND’s Housing Program Counselors can assist survivors with any challenges related to housing: help with housing search and completing applications for affordable housing or housing voucher programs; support accessing housing stabilization funds to help change locks or pay rent, utilities, and security deposits to get or remain housed; advocacy around tenants rights/responsibilities; and warm referrals to legal resources for anti-eviction counseling.
Our Counselors field questions from survivors and service providers alike, and collaborate closely with other domestic violence agencies statewide. We work with survivors currently staying in shelters or transitional living programs, as well as those living in independent housing.
Wondering if we can help? Call our Support Line: (617) 623-5900.
This project partially supported through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities. Additional support for RESPOND’s Housing Program comes from The Cummings Foundation, The Katharine C. Pierce Trust, and The Rockland Trust Foundation.