Domestic Violence Survivor Housing
Background and Need
Leaders from MACG's Clackamas County Cluster initiated the Domestic Violence Survivor Housing campaign in response to stories they were hearing in their community around violence and unhealthy relationships.
Clackamas County and the surrounding area have a desperate need for long-term housing following a survivor’s immediate crisis from experiencing domestic violence.
MACG leaders researched the issue and hit on promoting the Oxford House Model, long used for people in recovery from alcohol and drugs, to provide safe affordable, long-term, post-emergency housing options for women and their children to escape abusive environments.
Clackamas leaders have set and reached the goal of opening three survivor houses, one in each county of the Metro area, to showcase the Oxford model at work with this new demographic of residents.
Now that all three houses are open, Clackamas Leaders will conduct an evaluation, monitoring the houses to see if they are an effective housing option for the Survivor population.
After the evaluation period is over, Leaders will show their findings to the Local and State decision makers, with an eye on funding and spreading the model elsewhere if it is shown to be successful.
In August 2010, MACG leaders created the Brown-Hibbs Domestic Violence Survivor House in Milwaukie, a suburban Portland community. The home was completed with $12,200 in donations of money, goods and services.
After further fundraising and work, MACG leaders opened a new Oxford House model Survivor House in August 2011 in Washington county.
The third house opened in June of 2012 in Multnomah county. More are on the way and other organizations serving the Survivor population are starting to adopt the model.
July 2012. A project that started in classic IAF style listening and research has now reached completion! The final house of the three house pilot project opened in Multnomah County this summer. It is full already with six women in the process of moving in.
April, 2012. Recently, something happened at the Brown-Hibbs Domestic Violence Survivor House in Clackamas County that will make you proud to have been a MACG supporter.
January, 2012. Clackamas County Leaders Aimee Bruno, King of Kings Lutheran, and Cecil Denney, Lake Oswego UMC, have written two successful grants in support of MACG’s Domestic Violence Survivor House campaign. With such stable funding in place, now all that is left to do to complete the three home pilot project is to secure and open a final house in Multnomah County.
July, 2011. As the 1 year anniversary of the opening of the Brown-Hibbs Survivor house approaches this August, leaders from the MACG Clackamas County Cluster are celebrating the signing of a new lease to what will become the newest Survivor house in Cedar Mills, Washington County.
November, 2010. On November 10th, over 200 people from Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good (MACG) and affiliated organizations in Clackamas and Multnomah county gathered at the International Union of Operating Engineers 701 Union hall in Gladstone. People came to hear about the progress of the MACG three house pilot project to provide economical and supportive post-emergency housing for survivors of domestic violence.