ACTION 13: DIALOGUE ON HOUSING INSECURITY AND GENDER
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
- One of every four homeless women in the United States is homeless because of violence committed against her.
- More than 92 percent of homeless mothers have experienced severe physical and/or sexual abuse during their lifetime.
- In many major cities around the country, domestic violence is cited as the top reason for homelessness among families with children.
Faith-based communities dedicated to serving survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) are located throughout the US. One such resource is Thistle Farms, located in Tennessee. This Episcopal organization assists survivors of domestic violence through a two-year residential program that provides safe housing, a meaningful job and a support system of other survivors.
These opportunities for shelter and financial empowerment, coupled with the social networking and cohesion that group membership in savings and loans programs provides, builds the social and financial-support systems that can help prevent violence against women and children, as well as improve the lives of women already affected by such violence.