Transitional Housing Programs for Survivors of Relationship Abuse Grant Opportunities

This is not a service that we provide. We are trying to fund programs that provide this service. If you are experiencing relationship abuse and need support, please call 1-800-799-SAFE and you will be connected to your local resource.
  • Funding supports non-profit organizations that provide transitional housing (six months or longer) to survivors of relationship abuse.
  • Emphasis is placed on programs that exclusively serve survivors of relationship abuse and/or provide additional services, such as legal or workplace re-entry support, and that adhere to guidelines in line with best practices to ensure the safety and wellbeing of survivors of survivors of relationship abuse.

Physical requirements

  • Transitional housing space open to women and their children only
  • Private spaces available for clients
  • Minimum duration stay of six months

Program requirements

  • 40-hr relationship abuse and sexual assault trained advocates
  • Staff must be able to respond effectively to individual clients regardless of the client’s culture, ethnicity, religion and/or partner’s gender
  • Grantees must make services culturally and linguistically available through their own programming or with support from partner organizations or programs to support the needs of the community served
  • Program must not penalize the survivor for perpetrators' actions (i.e. no mandated counseling)
  • Program must consult, coordinate and partner with nonprofit/nongovernmental sexual assault and relationship abuse victim services programs as well as community- based programs to provide holistic services, including:
    • Support groups or group therapy
    • Individual therapy
    • Child therapy
    • Substance abuse support
    • LGBT support
    • Child care
    • Safety planning
    • Legal services
    • Housing assistance
    • Job support/re-entry services
    • Transportation support (i.e. bus passes, staff-operated shuttle)
    • Educational support
    • Medical/dental support
  • Program must coordinate and partner with nonprofit/nongovernmental sexual assault and relationship abuse victim services programs to ensure the following:
    • Phone support
    • Primary and auxiliary support services cannot be limited to over-the-phone intake
    • Staff or partner staff on-site 24 hours a day or available 24 hours a day
    • Follow-up requirements
    • Termination and follow-up protocol
    • Continuing support services

Safety requirements

  • Confidential services
  • Confidential location
  • Protocol implemented for responding to persons of concern appearing on site
  • Safety planning conducted with all clients
  • A clear conflict of interest policy to avoid serving perpetrators

Additional attachments

  • Intake form and procedures
  • Screening questions to avoid serving perpetrators/screening questions to identify a predominant aggressor rather than assuming mutual abuse.

Proposals should explain how the program addresses the following key components of relationship abuse services:

  • Safety Planning
  • Women defined advocacy

Additional considerations

  • There is a preference for applicant organizations for which women are the primary decision-makers.
  • There is a preference for applicant organizations that integrate gender equity into their personnel policies, such as robust parental leave, child care, flexible work schedules, and relationship abuse workplace policies.

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation will not support organizations with programs and/or policies that violate the following provisions:

  • Grantee must not adhere to a selective religious affiliation or provide selective religious services on site.
  • Grantee's program must not provide services to perpetrators of domestic violence. We hope that organizations will refer perpetrators to state-certified batterers' intervention programs, rather than provide these services themselves. The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation has a policy that it will not provide funding to organizations that serve perpetrators of relationship abuse or sexual assault. Please contact us for clarifying information regarding this.
  • Grantee’s policies must prohibit abusive partners to stay or live in the space. We recognize that court orders may require relationship abuse victims with children to allow visitation with an abusive partner, therefore organization must assist with coordination of off-site visitation and visitation must not extend to overnight stays or unplanned visits. However, because the actions of an abusive partner are not within the control of the survivor, these policies should not penalize the survivor if the abusive partner does not adhere to the transitional housing policies.
  • Grantee’s programs must not utilize or require mediation, alternative dispute resolution or joint counseling as a response to sexual assault, relationship abuse, dating violence and stalking.
  • Grantee's programs must not support activities and/or policies that jeopardize victim safety or allow perpetrators to avoid responsibility for their actions. Policies include but are not limited to: 
    • Policies or practices that discourage accepting cases for victims who do not have physical evidence;
    • Mediation, alternative dispute resolution or joint counseling as a response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking;
    • Representation on the condition that victims seek protection orders, counseling or other courses of action with which they disagree.
  • Grantee's programs must not require mandatory trainings for victims. While we recognize that CPS requires this, we encourage organizations to work to remove this requirement.

Please note: The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation is not afraid of the word feminism! We encourage you to openly discuss your feminist programming, goals, or approach.

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