Human Options, an Orange-County based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, has received a $10,000 grant from Bank of America to support its Second Step transitional housing facility, which provides domestic violence victims with housing, counseling, legal advocacy, and more.
Human Options’ Second Step transitional housing facility opened in 1993 and provides victims with safe housing and services for up to six months. Services provided include case management, trauma informed counseling, legal advocacy, financial coaching, a children’s program, educational groups, employment assistance, linkage to resources at partner agencies, and assistance with obtaining permanent housing. Clients are often vulnerable, generally have low incomes, and have diverse ethnic backgrounds. The combination of safe housing and supportive services helps victims heal from the trauma of abuse and move forward.
Funding from Bank of America’s grant for the Second Step transitional housing facility will help to provide safe housing where victims of abuse can heal emotionally and acquire new skills that enable them to increase their income, obtain permanent housing, and lead violence-free lives. The program is ongoing and can service 14 families at one time.
“Helping a person or family get out of danger and have a safe place to call home is the crucial first step on the road back to building financial stability, and Human Operations has a strong track record of impact to help those affected by domestic violence build stronger independent lives,” said Allen Staff, Orange County market president, Bank of America