SAFE Alliance and BSS+: A Team to Help Families Find a Secure, Stable Home
For survivors of abuse, there is no path to long-term safety and stability that doesn’t pass through the front door of a safe, permanent home. When Olivia came to SAFE, she had been homeless for several months. Earlier in the year, she had taken her children and fled from an abusive partner. With the financial help of her church, Olivia briefly stayed in a hotel before moving to SAFE’s emergency shelter.
Our Community Resource Advocacy team worked closely with Olivia to find housing for her and her children. Due largely to her controlling partner, she had amassed housing debts and had a poor rental history. As we helped her develop a safety plan, our advocates connected with Best Single Source Plus resources to find a housing solution. With BSS+ resources, our advocates were able to help Olivia make a plan to address her housing debts and, once she secured an apartment, help with move-in fees.
With the financial assistance from BSS+, SAFE helped Olivia and her family move into a secure, stable home. Her children are adjusting well to the stability that they had been missing. And Olivia has a full-time job that allows her to manage her expenses, which has gone a long way in helping her feel like she can regain control in her life.
SAFE is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies in Austin serving survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence.
About 80 percent of U.S. mothers with children experiencing homelessness had previously experienced domestic violence. As a result of sexual violence, up to 20 percent of victims and survivors become homeless. About 27 percent of Texas’ former foster youth report experiencing homelessness within three years of having aged out of the system
SAFE’s goal is ambitious and simple: stop abuse for everyone. Learn more about our services and programs, campuses, and locations of services at safeaustin.org.