Shelter and Housing
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How to Access Shelter and Housing Services
Call 326-CALL (2255), the YWCA Spokane 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline, for an assessment.
The Safe Shelter manages the hotline and it is staffed 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Counselors assist over 3,000 individuals who call with safety planning, counseling, referrals for other services and general information about domestic violence each year.
Confidential Shelter for Domestic Violence Survivors
Our mission is to ensure the safety of survivors of intimate partner violence by providing safe shelter, counseling, case management, education, and basic necessities like food, clothing, personal care items and transportation.
You and your children may need a temporary safe place away from your partner’s emotional abuse or violence. For many survivors, the shelter is a place to rest, sort out feelings, decide what is next, and get information and support to make changes.
We have a confidential safe shelter within the Spokane city limits as well as in the Spokane Valley.
- 500 women and children receive safe shelter each year from domestic violence through our housing services, totaling nearly 9000 nights of safety and rest.
- While our shelter does not serve men, we can often provide other safe sheltering options available for male survivors of intimate partner violence, so please, reach out to us.
- The shelter is a large home-like residence with women and children living cooperatively and sharing in the household tasks.
- Advocates are available to help with safety planning, practical and emotional support, education around domestic violence and healthy relationships, and referral to community resources.
What You Can Expect:
- 24-hour access to advocacy and support
- A confidential location with security measures
- Basic food and necessities
- Emergency clothing and toiletries
- Laundry facilities on site
- Support from other women with similar experiences
- Computer station with internet and WiFi capabilities
- A safe place for pets
- LGBTQ welcoming staff
- Culturally competent support
- Connection to YWCA job readiness services and professional clothing
Safe Housing for Domestic Violence Survivors
- Our Transitional Housing program provides housing units to families escaping domestic violence who may be experiencing additional barriers related to housing or economic stability.
- For up to 24 months, case managers work one-on-one with the client to identify realistic options and set goals for becoming economically empowered while staying in one of the transitional housing units.
- 87% of all women who benefit from this program transition to permanent housing.
- Housing Barriers Women Face:
- Immigration or identity changes
- Mental or physical disabilities–often as a result of abuse–that make acquiring employment and securing permanent housing difficult in the short-term.
- Children with disabilities that make all-day child care difficult for both the child and the mother.
- Damaged credit or rental histories–often the fault of the abuser–that undermines a victim’s ability to rent.
- No work history that makes it difficult for victims to secure employment.