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IHDSC Partner YWFC Releases Promising Report on their Supportive Housing Program


The Institute of Human Development and Social Change is excited to share Young Women’s Freedom Center’s latest report, Reflecting on YWFC's COVID Emergency Housing Program, which details the implementation and impact of their radical, dignity- and self-determination-centered supportive housing program.

The report discusses YWFC’s 90-day program to provide emergency housing during COVID-19 for cis and trans women, trans men, and gender-expansive people, who were unhoused or unsafely housed and system-impacted, formerly incarcerated, and survivors of gender-based and intimate partner violence and exploitation. From May to October 2020, 45 participants received housing, 93% of whom secured housing after the program.

As you read the report, we encourage you to consider how this more liberatory transitional housing framework could be implemented on a longer-term scale, and how the information gathered here might be utilized to build visions for a variety of different housing options, each tailored to the specific needs of different communities, and all supporting a housing model based on dignity and self-determination.

More information about YWFC's emergency housing program and how Young Women’s Freedom Center works towards social and political transformation is available on their website.

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