The Retreat in Suffolk Receives Federal Grant
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This new grant will provide up to $1,000 per month to some survivor individuals and families that can be used to offset rent, utilities, and other expenses for up to six months if needed.
In addition to rental assistance, an estimated 25 families under this grant will receive counseling specific to identifying and qualifying for long-term, permanent housing. All will also receive ongoing domestic violence services, including counseling, legal advocacy, and safety planning.
Victims leaving domestic violence emergency shelters must often choose between homelessness and moving back in with their abusers, because they are not yet stable or resourced enough to afford full rent. For many abused women and their children, this support will provide the time needed to stabilize income, to strengthen support networks, and to find both independence and safety.
For more information on The Retreat and its services, visit theretreatinc.org.