Whatcom County Association of Realtors is supporting DVSAS clients throughout 2021 but sponsoring two families in the Safe Housing Program. Through WCAR’s support, two families residing at the safe shelter will receive the advocacy, support, and safety that they deserve. Due to COVID-19, families are able to stay in the program for as long as they need. We would like to thank WCAR for all their support. You are making our community safer!
Safe Housing Program
For survivors of domestic violence fleeing their homes, the DVSAS Safe Shelter is a place to regroup, build connections, and lay the foundation for a life free of violence. It’s intended to be a temporary stop on a their journey to a permanent home, but trauma alone can be a significant barrier to establishing a stable home environment. Survivors often blame themselves for the violence they’ve experienced, and feel isolated from their communities and hopeless about the future. For many survivors, they’ve not only experienced significant trauma, they’ve also left behind at least half their family’s income, possibly their source of transportation and the source of many other resources.
The DVSAS Safe Housing Program includes 3 safe shelters, safe hotel stays, housing case management, and homelessness prevention services, called “Beyond Shelter.”
While in the program, female-identified survivors and their children are able to stay at the family shelter, a 21-bed shared residence with services specific for children. Single, female-identified survivors can stay in either the Rotary House, a 4-bed shared residence that allows pets; or the Baker House, a 12-bed shared residence.
Male-identified survivors are housed in a safe hotel and receive all the same support services as those in the shelter.
Residents receive housing case management during their shelter stay, which helps them move directly from the shelter into transitional or permanent housing.
The homelessness prevention program, Beyond Shelter, provides direct funding to help survivors stay in their current home or move into permanent housing after they exit the program.
Whatcom County Association of Realtors
The Whatcom County Association of REALTORS® (WCAR) is a professional organization for those actively engaged in the real estate industry. It ties real estate professionals into a powerful force for mutual support and success. With over 500 members, we are the voice of real estate in Northwest Washington.
There are many benefits to using a REALTOR® to assist you with your real estate transaction. Your local REALTOR® professional has voluntarily ascribed to a higher level of education and, more importantly, a higher ethical standard governing their dealings with colleagues and clients. Indeed, 8 out of 10 people readily state that they would use their REALTOR® in future transactions!
To learn more about WCAR, visit www.wcar.net.