Victims of domestic violence and their families are becoming unhoused and experiencing permanent displacement and then housing insecurity and homelessness when leaving their abuse.
This problem, if not addressed immediately creates unsurmountable hardship, financial ruin, and possible escalated violence.
Victim displacement happens because of overcrowded shelters and siloed, inaccessible resources needed when a victim is looking to restabilize and recover immediately after leaving their abuse.
When a first responder or advocate arrives at the scene of an aggravated assault call or domestic violence call, they are confronted with a difficult situation.
Many times, the abuser and the survivor are both present or the abuser is nearby and knows EVERY location a victim might go to seek escape.
The faster and more smoothly the first responder or advocate can find a safe haven for the victim, the sooner the dangerous situation can be resolved. This is where our Hotel Safety Net program comes in.
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For officers on patrol, not being able to find a safe environment to place a victim is real issue and can take hours and even days.
Often these victims have no where to go because their abuser/perpetrator knows the victim’s routine, where why work, their network of family and friends, and will stalk and harass these victims.
Out of desperation, many victims will return home to their abusers. These victims often return home to intensified violence and 13% of those victims die at the hands of their abusers.
The other growing outcome is the alarming numbers of victims who become permanently unhoused and displaced because of the immense financial cost of re-locating and starting over.
SANCTUARY has identified 39% of the current unhoused/homeless/displaced (UHD) population in the city of Austin have self-identified as victims of some sort of domestic abuse and the abuse has served as a contributing factor to their housing insecurity.
This population traditionally is living in the “FRINGE”, just at or below 200% poverty level and making less than $25,520 a year.
This population cannot afford to stabilize themselves after abuse and run the very real risk of becoming chronically unhoused and displaced.
The goal of the SANCTUARY program is to provide immediate housing placement of victims experiencing domestic abuse into a safe environment through our hotel safety net.
During COVID-19 pandemic, cases of domestic violence increased exponentially as victims found themselves isolated with their abuser for an undetermined period of time. Unfortunately, this lead to more violence and even death.
Shelters are full to capacity and their current residents are choosing not to leave because they have very few housing options. It is also unsafe for these victims to live with family and friends because of the uncertainty of COVID-19, how it is spread and the lack of testing available. Victims have to choose between the virus and their intensified violence at home.
The Survive2Thrive Foundation has served over an estimated 6,000 victims through escape services, advocacy and resources.
Each night equates approximately to $200.00 in hotel stays, food, and additional needs that arise when a victim leaves their home suddenly and approximately $2,500 for a full 31 day stay with the same resources. This program also supports the now struggling hotel industry with a solid book of hotel stays, that existed before COVID-19 and will unfortunately exist afterward.
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