The Bay Area Women’s Center offers housing advocacy and two transitional housing programs. The overall goal is to help residential and non-residential clients find safe and affordable housing.
BAWC staff assists clients in the following ways, as needed:
Collaborate and network with local agencies
Advocate on behalf of the resident with community resources
Locate appropriate, affordable housing
Transporting to housing appointments and advocate with landlords
Teach residents to build quality relationships with landlords
Explain tenant and landlord rights
Assist with obtaining furniture and household items
Coordinate and conduct home visits after a resident has left shelter
In addition, BAWC staff conducts regular housing education presentations consisting of Tenant/Landlord rights and responsibilities, communicating with landlords, maintaining and fixing prior evictions, judgments, debts and developing budgeting skills.
Survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence often lack the necessary resources to live independently. Transitional housing services are available for residents who are at an increased risk of becoming homeless due to their circumstances.
The on-site Transitional Housing Program (THP) offers emergency shelter residents an opportunity to receive 12 to 18 months of additional shelter housing. During this time the participants have access to many activities and services. Some of the extra activities include life-skills development groups, several support groups, employment services, and assistance with college enrollment. When participants move into off-site housing, they continue to receive home visits and follow-up services for six additional months.
The off-site program Transitional Support Housing (TSH) is able to provide participants with much of the same services as THP, such as budgeting and finance education, life-skills development, and home visits. Because the TSH program has very limited space (eight families), this program is able to provide rental subsidies for all 8 families, as well as more intensive support. This program also runs for 24 months.
The programs share the goals of providing safe, affordable housing along with supportive services and education. The hope is that in establishing self-sufficiency, the participant will not return to an abusive situation. In turn, this provides a more stable living situation for the whole family. Because space is limited for both programs, participants are chosen on the basis of greatest need and greatest risk of continued homelessness.