Last Tuesday, a plan to improve the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ response to survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence in need of stable housing was announced.
The plan– presented at a joint meeting of the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence and the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness– is the starting line, but getting to the starting line required representatives of multiple state agencies to be committed to the long game of making things better for people. It is an audacious vision– one not just of survivor safety, but of people who have survived violence living and thriving in community. It is a vision that requires government to partner not only with nonprofits, but with communities themselves. It is a vision we at FFI are tremendously excited about; it is a vision we are tremendously hopeful about; and it is a vision that builds on community assets and that explicitly organizes the integration effort around FFI’s Five Domains of Wellbeing. Here is a link to the full report: Increasing the Effectiveness of Government’s Response to the Intersection of Homelessness, Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.