The YWCA HomeSafe Housing Program provides survivors of domestic violence with crisis intervention, safety planning, civil and criminal legal advocacy, weekly facilitated support group services, child care, 24-hour advocacy and case management, and support in accessing community resources as well as housing assistance for those who are not able to obtain affordable housing due to barriers related to their domestic violence experience. YWCA also works with community landlords and property owners to identify low-barrier housing resources for domestic violence survivors.
HomeSafe Program Services require a screening. If you need safe housing, please call the 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-5513. You will be connected to the HomeSafe Coordinator and screened over the phone.
How does safe housing support domestic violence survivors?
Research indicates that access to safe permanent housing is the single most important factor in a survivor’s successful escape from domestic violence. Survivors face particular barriers caused by domestic violence that are either not found with other special needs populations or may be due to the abusers’ actions. These include previous evictions, little to no job experience or problems on the job, and poor or no credit history. YWCA works with survivors to overcome these barriers.
Other Housing Resources
YWCA partners with Bremerton Housing Authority to access additional units for those impacted by domestic violence.
Additional housing resources are available through Housing Solutions Center – a Kitsap Community Resources program. Call (360) 473-2035.