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 phases:
- Phase One: Up to 1 month stay in a confidential location.
- Phase Two: 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?
Phase One: You can call The Network/La Red Hotline at 617-742-4911 (voice), 800-832-1901 (toll-free), or 617-227-4911 (TTY). First, we will ask about your immediate safety and have a conversation about why you are seeking support. If we are the appropriate resource and our housing space is available, we will begin the intake process. If we both feel that Phase One is a good match for you, we will make arrangements to meet you in a public area and/or our public office. During that meeting, if you agree to the requirements of our program, we will then bring you to the confidential housing space, where we make sure both you and the provider are comfortable. Once in the housing space, the staff will work with you daily to strategize/brainstorm the next steps you would like to take.
Phase Two: You do not have to be in Phase One in order to be eligible for Phase Two. If you would like more information about Phase Two, 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 Housing Pathways, 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.