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Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services

Mission: Doorways for Women and Families strives to end family homeless and intimate partner violence in our community.

Programs: Domestic and sexual violence program: as arlington's largest and primary service provider for persons impacted by abuse, doorways strives to offer a wide range of service options for survivors and their families. These services include emergency shelter (an 11-bed safehouse shelter and 2, 2-bedroom safe apartments) that provide shelter for adults and children in harm's way. In addition, we operate the county's 24/7 domestic and sexual violence hotline and hospital accompaniment program that offers 24/7 safety planning, support and referrals every day of the year. Doorways court advocacy and companionship program supports persons seeking legal protection from interpersonal violence to navigate the often complex pathway to safety. Together, these programs offer immediate, life-changing help to adults, youth, and children striving to end abuse. - doorways' domestic and sexual violence hotline provided crisis and supportive counseling for 3,116 adults and children experiencing domestic and/or sexual violence. - doorways trained volunteers and staff provided 54 hospital accompaniments for sexual assault nurse exams and 6 accompaniments for domestic violence forensic exams. - provided emergency shelter for 58 people (32 adults and 26 children) in 32 families. - 100% of safehouse households broke the cycle of violence and did not return to abusive living situations post-shelter exit. - court advocacy program assisted 195 adults and 201 children with services to obtain protective orders, child support, custody petitions and other court judgments. 70% of those petitioning for temporary and permanent protective orders were granted. - over 90% of survivors served across these programs reported increased safety and knowledge of resources to remain safe from abuse.

freddie mac foundation family home: doorways also provides emergency shelter and services for families experiencing homelessness for reasons beyond domestic violence. Our family home provides emergency shelter (22 beds), food, skill building opportunities, referrals, and supportive counseling and goal planning services to women, children and families experiencing homelessness. In recent years, the family home has served a high number of young families and young adults experiencing homelessness (40% of households served were headed by an adult under 25 years of age) prompting doorways to implement specialized programming to support their unique needs. During their stay, families are supported in developing and achieving goals toward permanent housing and self sufficiency. Every member of the family-parents and children- are provided tailoredsupport and services to help address the trauma associated with homelessness, and to build tools toward stability. In fy18 the family home:- sheltered 76 people (35 adults and 41 children) in 30 families. - 77% of households obtained permanent housing post shelter, 9% moved to temporary next-step housing at another shelter, and 9% were connected to inpatient treatment care. - 94% of households (all but one) who successfully completed the program at the family home were able to meet basic living expenses at exit by connecting with benefits and/or by securing or maintaining employment.

homestart supportive housing program: to support families in exiting shelter (safehouse or family home), doorways' homestart program offers rapid re-housing, and long-term supportive housing for families who need assistance to leave shelter and obtain safe housing of their own. Homestart offers residential stability (through rental subsidies) and intensive support that includes goal planning, financial literacy, children's services and a range of essential life skills promoting housing stability and longterm safety from abuse. In fy18, homestart:- housed and supported 118 people (57 adults and 61 children) in 41 households. - of the 41 families served this year in homestart, 95% maintained their housing at program exit or at the end of the year. - of the households able to work, 83% gained or maintained employment while in the program.

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