EMERGE! CELEBRATES ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HOUSING FIRST PROGRAM
Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse celebrates the one year anniversary of its Housing First program—an alternative to shelter. In one year, we have had 50 women and 87 dependents enrolled in the program. Recently, we celebrated the graduation of 13 women and 28 children from the Housing First program; a total of 41 individuals who participated in this unique program have now moved on to self-sufficiency.
Housing First is a program that helps families leaving abuse to establish a home that is affordable and safe, where they can settle and thrive. Emerge! provides the family with continued support to help overcome their trauma and effectively deal with the practical concerns before them. The Case Coordinator helps the family address the effects of abuse as well as to help with goals related to employment, financial management, legal issues, and basic life skills. Drawing on a flexible range of resources, Emerge! helps participants with the final hurdles that might otherwise prevent them from attaining housing so they can attain lasting safety and self-sufficiency.
“We have seen amazing results with this program over the last year,” said CEO Ed Mercurio-Sakwa. “Families that otherwise would have had to make the choice between returning to their abuser and homelessness, are now thriving and independent in their own homes. It’s the reason we do this work.”
About Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse (http://www.emergecenter.org/) in Tucson, Arizona, is dedicated to stopping the cycle of domestic abuse by providing a safe environment and resources for victims and survivors of all types of abuse on their journey toward healing and self-empowerment. Established in April 2008 as a result of the merger between the Tucson Centers for Women and Children (founded in 1975) and the Brewster Center Domestic Violence Services (founded in 1963), Emerge! operates an emergency shelter in addition to providing crisis intervention, community-based services, individual and group support, life skills development, prevention, a community-based childcare center, and community education.
Monique Lopez, Marketing & Events Coordinator
Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
Phone: 520.795.8001 x. 7023; Fax: 520.795.1559
I well remember how difficult it was for my D.V. victim clients back in Hawaii, when faced with the choices of going to a shelter for a few days, or remaining with their abusers, or desperately trying to stay with friends/relatives temporarily. This Housing Frist program sounds like a terrific alternative for families trying to create a new life and self sufficiency.
As always, if you know someone who needs domestic abuse help, call Emerge’s 24-Hour Bilingual Crisis Line and Shelter:
◦(888) 428-0101 Toll-free
◦(520) 795-3177 TTY