New Housing Program for Domestic Violence Victims

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Latimer House in Grand Junction is a shelter that provides short term housing to domestic violence victims, but long term housing can be difficult to come by.  However, thanks to a grant from the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, housing options are now more realistic.
 
For more than 30 years, the Latimer House has opened their doors to victims of domestic violence.  When shelters get full with multiple families and kids, a smooth situation can turn into a sticky one. 
 
“That’s really chaotic, and it’s difficult living,” said Karla Kitzman, of Hilltop’s Domestic Violence Services.  
 
After being in a shelter, wanting to find a place to call home for the long term is only natural but in some situations that can be hard to obtain.  
 
“92% of women end up being homeless with kids, and have suffered domestic violence in their lifetime,” said Kitzman.
 
Kitzman is hopeful more victims can find homes all thanks to this grant.
 
“So with this funding does is help bridge, it helps work with landlords in the community and victims in the community,” said Kitzman.
 
The grant can go towards things like helping pay a 1st month’s rent, or can be used to help buy furniture once they get settled in.  
 
“So its really the fun part of connecting somebody who is in need, with someone who has a resource and helping everybody succeed,” said Kitzman.
 
Hilltop hopes to help five families a month with that grant, but since the program is 20 months long, having it be successful is important to getting more funding in the future, which many can benefit from.
 
“There has been a growing turn away rate in the state of Colorado from emergency and shelter programs because they lack the capacity to meet all the needs that exist in our state,” said Amy Miller, of Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
 
Hilltop’s Latimer House and Domestic Violence Services provides safe house, support groups, safety planning, advocacy, children’s services and a 24 hour crisis line for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  For more information visit htop.org

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