The Domestic Violence Housing First (DVHF) Demonstration Evaluation is being conducted under contract for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) by WSCADV and its subcontractor Michigan State University. Additional funding for evaluation has also been provided as a part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Demonstration Project investment.
The five demonstration project sites that are participating in the longitudinal study include LifeWire and New Beginnings based in the King County region and the Yakima YWCA, Light House (formerly known as Lower Valley Crisis Support Services) and New Hope in Moses Lake based in the South Central region.
Survivors seeking services from these five agencies were invited to participate in five interviews across 24 months. Researchers are collecting detailed information about their backgrounds, economic status, and housing and safety obstacles and will examine the match between their needs and the services provided to them. Looking at the changes in housing stability, safety, health, and well-being of survivors and their children, researchers will document the impact the Domestic Violence Housing First approach has on their lives. Survivors began enrolling in the research study starting in the summer of 2017.