Our four Domestic Violence / Victim Service Agencies are: Human Options, Interval House, Laura’s House, WTLC, Inc
Our Family Access Points who work directly with the DV/VS providers are: Family Assistance Ministries (FAM), Families Forward, Illumination Foundation and Pathways of Hope.
Our dedicated Family Access Points in this project and Family Solutions Collaborative staff have been trained on the complex dynamics of domestic violence, privacy and confidentiality. Our coordinated entry process also has s system in place to safely refer the household to the identified victim service provider, preferably with a warm hand-off including a phone calls and transitions to the victim service provider.
We worked with our local HMIS administrator, DV/VS Providers and four of our Family Access Points to ensure the coordinated entry process includes protocols to ensure the safety of all individuals and families seeking assistance, and these protocols specifically address how the families fleeing domestic violence will have safe and confidential access to the coordinated entry process along with safe and secure referrals to appropriate housing and services. Further, we have ensured that the process includes procedures for how referrals will be made to victim service providers that are not participating in the coordinated entry process
We work and consult directly with our DV/VS members to continue to collaborate and work together to develop models best-practices on how we can work together to safely ensure families fleeing domestic violence can do so, with the same benefits and engagement as other families being served.
We are able to have and provide up-to-date information on domestic violence shelters and general homeless shelters and housing options that are best equipped to serve households experiencing domestic violence based on their location, program model, and linkages to other supportive service.
Click here for more information on HUDs guidance on the crucial importance of integrating our Domestic Violence/Victim Service Agencies into the Family Coordinated Entry System.