Finding safe and secure housing is the barrier that keeps many SHALVA clients in an abusive relationship. To make matters worse, they are often met with the question:
“If it is so bad at home, why don’t you just leave?”
If only “just” leaving was easy. SHALVA clients looking for housing are often met with these challenges;
- They don’t have access to money to rent or buy a new home.
- Landlords “don’t want trouble” and will refuse to rent to women with a history of domestic abuse, even though this is illegal discrimination.
- Landlords take advantage of urgent housing situations and require additional fees, such as 3 months’ rent upfront.
- Without credit and only minimal wages, they need someone to co-sign the lease.
- Some survivors have to declare bankruptcy to remove debts from the relationship.
- Parents need housing close to where their children go to school, but there is no affordable housing in the neighborhood.
- Religious women want to be within walking distance to their synagogue.
- Abusive partners’ behavior, such as destroying property and credit, may exclude her from housing services.
- There isn’t enough transitional or low income housing, and there are long waiting lists for subsidized housing.
- SHALVA clients are often not eligible for low income housing.
Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness for women and children.
You can help a SHALVA client find permanent, secure housing by connecting us to friends and colleagues with rental properties. Please call Viki Rivkin at the SHALVA office at (773) 583-4673, so that we can build our list of housing options for our clients.
“Tzedakah and helping others are important values in Judaism and ones which I learned from my parents at a very young age. I am blessed and grateful to contribute to SHALVA’s efforts to combat domestic abuse during my lifetime and will continue to do so later through the Jewish Legacy Program.” Laura Smith, Create a Jewish Legacy Donor.
For more information about SHALVA’s Legacy Circle click here.
SHALVA is excited to have secured tickets to the Sunday, March 3, 2019 matinee performance of Dear Evan Hansen. More information to follow in July!