Human Options, an Orange County-based nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of relationship violence, received a $10,000 grant from Pacific Life Foundation. The grant will support Human Options’ Second Step transitional housing program for domestic violence survivors and their children.
Second Step is a comprehensive six-month transitional housing program designed to support homeless, low-income, abused women (accompanied by their dependent children) in acquiring skills, knowledge and resources to rebuild their lives, become self-sufficient, and obtain permanent housing. Second Step provides low-cost safe interim housing and services based on each clients’ individual needs and goals, including case management, legal and supportive services, evidence-based trauma-informed treatment/therapy, children’s therapeutic programs. Second Step also helps link clients to expert community partners for financial literacy education, life skills/job readiness training, professional wardrobe, job search and interview skills, employment resources, and permanent, affordable housing.
Women and their children who have completed a domestic violence shelter program can apply for Second Step, where they can regain their independence. In FY 17/18, 70% of women completing our transitional housing program increased their income and 87% secured permanent housing.
Human Options reached more than 15,900 community members through education and prevention presentations and events last year, provided over 460 individuals and families with a safe home through the emergency shelter and transitional housing programs, served 1,400 individuals through community-based programs, and responded to more than 4,800 callers, providing immediate crisis support, information and referrals.