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Request for Qualifications: Flexible Financial Assistance

The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) requests qualifications from non-profit domestic violence/sexual assault organizations that have not yet participated in Domestic Violence Housing First (DVHF) cohorts to administer flexible financial assistance in support of survivors of domestic violence seeking safe and stable housing.

Funding Overview:

Coldwell Banker Bain, a leading provider of real estate brokerage services in Washington and Oregon, and a market leader in home sales in 2020, raised $30,000 for their “Bring Hope Home” initiative to benefit DVHF.

Ballmer Group supports efforts to improve economic mobility for children and families in the United States who are disproportionately likely to remain in poverty and has invested $15,000 in making flexible financial assistance available for DVHF service provision.

WSCADV plans to expand the DVHF cohort utilizing these funds with a particular focus of implementation and maintenance of a racial-equity framework through servicing by-and-for organizations.

The Domestic Violence Housing First approach focuses on getting survivors of domestic violence into stable housing as quickly as possible, and then providing the necessary support as they rebuild their lives. Key components of DVHF include survivor-driven, trauma-informed mobile advocacy; community engagement; and flexible financial assistance.

Project Goal:

Flexible Financial Assistance is a critical pillar to the Domestic Violence Housing First approach. It is used by advocates to assist with any needs related to housing safety and stability. Examples of specific services provided by funding include those around children’s needs, debt assistance, education/training, employment assistance, housing preparation, legal assistance, mortgage and move-in costs, physical/mental health needs, rental assistance, security assistance, transportation assistance, and utility bills.

$15,000 will be available to three non-profit domestic violence/sexual assault organizations that are interested in implementation of the DVHF approach. Organizations selected will consist of two based in Western Washington and one in Eastern Washington. WSCADV will provide selected organizations with DVHF training and technical assistance, especially related to mobile advocacy and distribution of flexible funding.


  • Participate in trainings on DVHF and flexible financial assistance and implement systems to ensure that advocates have knowledge of what is available and strategies for providing flexible financial assistance to survivors.
  • Participate in the DVHF cohort to receive collaborative support and technical assistance related to building and implementing the DVHF approach.
  • Participate in the DVHF Flexible Financial Assistance tracker, providing up to date information on how funds are being used.


WSCADV is seeking three agencies to administer $15,000 each of Flexible Financial Assistance from June 13, 2022- Nov. 1, 2022.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Experienced with survivor-driven, trauma informed advocacy.
  • Not a current Domestic Violence Housing First project partner.
  • Have demonstrable commitment to culturally specific, community-based domestic violence service provision.


$15,000 total for flexible financial assistance.


  • March 1, 2022: Request for Qualifications Release
  • May 23, 2022: Request for Qualifications Due to Sarah Kendall,
  • June 6, 2022: Agency selection notification
  • June 13, 2022: Contracts and funding release
  • June 21, 2022: DVHF training and cohort introduction

Please click here for the full application packet. Contact Sarah Kendall at with any questions.