Enhanced services for domestic violence survivors has been identified as a critical community need. Monroe County has allocated $3.6 million to Willow Domestic Violence Center and Providence Housing Development Corporation, as part of Bring Monroe Back.
Pending legislative approval, Willow will receive more than $1.5 million for a multidisciplinary Family Justice Center. The center would provide wraparound services for domestic violence survivors in a safe, caring environment, while also providing access to key community agencies, social service providers, and legal assistance, officials say.
“The creation of a Family Justice Center brings together many incredible partners to meet the immediate healing and safety needs of survivors,” says Meaghan de Chateauvieux, president and CEO of Willow. “From legal and court, health care and counseling to financial services and housing—all of these services would be offered in one collaborative approach.”
Willow provides emergency shelter, support groups, education and other services for children of survivors to more than 7,000 individuals.
Providence Housing Development will receive more than $2 million toward the Door of Hope rapid rehousing program, which serves both hearing and Deaf individuals and families where the head of household is fleeing domestic violence or human trafficking.
“The American Rescue Plan Act funding, and our collaboration with Willow Domestic Violence Center and Monroe County, will allow the Providence Housing Door of Hope program to continue to strengthen individuals, families, and communities by providing access to affordable housing and supportive services for hearing and Deaf persons fleeing domestic violence or human trafficking,” says Mark Greisberger, executive director of Providence Housing Development.
Door of Hope is expected to offer up to one year of rental assistance and two years of support services with a full-time family life coach. Additional support also will be made available, including transportation subsides, apartment application fees, identification and birth certificates for household members and childcare.
“Everyone deserves the right to feel safe in their community and their home. The wraparound support services we are proposing ensure survivors of domestic violence have access to the resources they need,” says County Executive Adam Bello. “There is a growing need for comprehensive and supportive programs for survivors of domestic violence, and the partnership between Willow Domestic Violence Center and Providence Housing Development Corporation embraces language access and equity for our Deaf residents by providing safe havens.”
Bring Monroe Back is the county’s plan to distribute funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. The county has received more than $144 million in federal dollars.