What is the Housing Pathways Program?
Having safe and stable housing options is the missing piece for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and/or transgender (LGBQ/T) survivors of partner abuse. We believe that there are many paths to housing stability, and Housing Pathways offers a safe place to get started and work toward this goal. Our program has 2 components:
- Safehome: Up to 1 month stay in a confidential location.
- Transitional Housing: Up to 2 years of financial support for housing. The type of housing is flexible and can look different for each survivor. Examples of Phase Two housing options include sober living programs, sublets, and apartments.
During both phases, participants can receive a wide range of services, such as advocacy, referrals, supportive counseling, and support group.
A few facts about our program:
- Survivors can bring their pets with them.
- Survivors do not need to have income to be eligible for the program.
- The two-year time frame does not need to be consecutive; a survivor can leave the program and then return, dependent upon available space.
How do I get into Housing Pathways?
Safehome: The Safehome program offers short-term (up to 1-month) emergency housing to survivors (individual or family) confidential location. Our Safehome does not have one specific location; at any given time, it could be located anywhere in the state. Housing Pathways staff work with the survivor to select a location that feels safest for that survivor and best fits their current needs. The primary purpose of the Safehome program is to provide respite in a place that feels safe for the survivor. Call our 24/7 hotline to receive updates about the status of space availability and to get connected with this service.
Transitional Housing: You do not have to be in Safehome in order to be eligible for Transitional Housing. If you would like more information about Transitional Housing, please give our hotline a call.
Unfortunately, we are unable to keep a waitlist. So, if you call and we do not have space in our Transitional Housing, we encourage you to continue checking in. For an immediate need, you can call SafeLink at 877-785-2020 (voice) or 877-521-2601 (TTY), the Massachusetts 24-hour domestic violence hotline, for referrals to shelters with space. If you are unable to find shelter space, you can try homeless shelters for the meantime.