YWCA program moves domestic violence survivors into safe homes

Domestic violence victims who find themselves homeless have new help through a rapid re-housing program at Liberty House, a program of the YWCA of Northcentral Pa.

Since the new program began, the YWCA reportedly has been able to house 21 individuals and families. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

That’s 21 people who escaped from a domestic violence situation who may not have otherwise been able to leave because of a lack of money.

“Financial abuse is a reason some people stay in their relationships,” said Jernae Drummond, YWCA housing services supervisor.

That’s because often times, an abusive partner also has control of the money and bank accounts, leaving few options.

The new program provides financial assistance to get a person or family fleeing an abusive situation into a safe home. This comes in the way of a security deposit and first month’s rent while the person gets re-established and on their feet.

The program also provides case workers who teach budgeting and help survivors work through the abuse they escaped.

“This new resource gives us the opportunity to stop the cycle of domestic violence and homelessness in the community,” Drummond said.

And who wouldn’t want that?