Housing Policy and Systems Advocacy
by Catherine Trapani
On Wednesday, September 25th, CSAJ hosted a webinar on “Housing Policy and Systems Advocacy for Domestic Violence Survivors.”
Survivors of intimate partner violence consistently cite safe and affordable housing as a primary need in securing long-term safety for themselves and their children. Moreover, domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness for women and children across the country. To achieve sustainable solutions, this pervasive issue requires systems-level advocacy that promotes positive change for all survivors in local communities.
In this training, faculty discussed: the intersection of homelessness and domestic violence and the need for creative advocacy; how to craft a housing advocacy plan for your community; where federal and state housing policy “sits” at the local level and how to influence its implementation; and strategies for choosing partners in your plan to advocate for meaningful solutions.