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Interfaith Community Services helps victims of domestic violence through new innovative program

Escondido-based Interfaith Community Services has begun a new program to combat homelessness. With the recent opening of its new “Path to Permanence” program, Interfaith offers a safe temporary place to stay for homeless families with children and families fleeing domestic violence, while offering supportive services aimed at securing permanent housing as quickly as possible.

Path to Permanence offers two locations of safe temporary housing for up to 90 days. The program also provides intensive case management and supportive services such as financial education, employment development, nutritional support and more, so families can begin to move towards independence. 

Moreover, Interfaith staff advocate for the families, reaching out to landlords and affordable housing providers to help identify viable housing options. This outreach, along with rapid rehousing assistance, will allow families to move out of the temporary housing and into a home of their own, also freeing up the Path to Permanence space for the next family in need of emergency housing. The program goals are to reduce the time a person experiences homelessness and provide supportive services, as part of the larger ultimate goal of ending homelessness in San Diego County. Annually, Interfaith will serve a total of 96 individuals through Path to Permanence.

Path to Permanence will provide an opportunity for Interfaith to better help underserved populations such as homeless families, especially those fleeing domestic violence. Unlike other HUD-funded programs, Path to Permanence supports both crisis housing and rapid rehousing, which will immediately affect the number of unsheltered individuals living on our streets. 

With its nearly 40 years of ending and preventing homelessly in North County, Interfaith is well-versed in overcoming the challenges to permanent housing encountered by populations with multiple barriers which may include financial and employment instability, poor credit history, and past evictions.

For more information about the Path to Permanence program or ways to get involved at Interfaith, please contact Chelsea Buck-Leilich at (760) 445-0067 or cbuck@interfaithservices.org.

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