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Day of action focuses on CT undocumented's healthcare needs; 7 jurors seated in first Trump criminal trial; ND looks to ease 'upskill' obstacles for former college students; Black Maternal Health Week ends, health disparities persist.

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Seven jury members were seated in Trump's hush money case. House Speaker Johnson could lose his job over Ukraine aid. And the SCOTUS heard oral arguments in a case that could undo charges for January 6th rioters.

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Fears grow that low-income folks living in USDA housing could be forced out, North Carolina's small and Black-owned farms are helped by new wind and solar revenues, and small towns are eligible for grants to boost civic participation..

New Program Rapidly Houses Rural Ohio Domestic-Violence Survivors

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023   

In Ohio's rural counties, a widespread shortage, discrimination and cost all stack up against domestic-violence survivors and their children seeking safe long-term housing. The Ohio Domestic Violence Network has received nearly $2 million in state funding to help people fleeing abuse find apartments, recruit landlords and inspect units to ensure they meet Department of Housing and Urban Development standards.

Takara Sanders, program manager of the Rapid Rehousing program
with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network said the Rapid ReHousing grant also provides at least 6 months of rental assistance for about 200 survivors and their children in its first year. Sanders added having stable housing immediately puts survivors on the path toward self-sufficiency and independence.

"Housing is the foundation for literally everything. And so, helping to provide survivors with that basic necessity, sets them up for success in the future," Sanders said.

Research shows long-term housing stability results in decreased physical, psychological and economic abuse among survivors, as well as the use of their children against them as a form of abuse. Last year shelters across the state temporarily housed nearly ten thousand adults and children, according to ODVN.

Sanders added it is important for local governments, property management companies, and landlords to work together to assist survivors in finding housing.

"With the shortage of affordable housing right now, it can be difficult, again, not just for our reach clients, but anyone to to locate affordable housing," Sanders explained.

Applicants seeking housing on behalf of domestic violence survivors are routinely denied housing or offered less advantageous terms than applicants not associated with domestic violence, according to the National Housing Law Project.

Disclosure: Ohio Domestic Violence Network contributes to our fund for reporting on Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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