Member Highlight: LifeWire

LifeWire Holiday Shop

HDC appreciates all the passion, hard work, and dedication our members devote to the affordable housing movement. No single organization could make this impact and secure this progress alone. The collaboration and connection among members is the human energy that works to ensure all people have a safe, healthy, and affordable home. We want to show our appreciation and learn more about our affordable housing community through these member highlights as each member is crucial to achieving the larger vision of this movement. This week our featured member is LifeWire. Thank you for all the work that you do!

At LifeWire, we’re proud to support survivors of domestic violence (DV) with survivor-driven trauma-informed services. As a Housing Development Consortium member we’re excited about working together to bring more affordable housing to the region. We look forward to helping other members learn about the unique challenges survivors face when it comes to housing and homelessness.

Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children. At LifeWire, we believe that no survivor should have to choose between staying in an abusive relationship and becoming homeless.  That’s why we work with survivors to find solutions to house individuals and families—whether that means housing all types of families and individuals at  our confidential emergency shelter or providing flexible funds to change a lock or pay for first and last month’s rent.

National studies reveal a close link between alcohol, drugs, and domestic violence, but there are few housing resources for DV survivors with chemical dependency problems. Since 1998, LifeWire’s transitional housing shelter, My Friend’s Place (MFP) has served the high needs population of DV survivors who are homeless, parenting, and struggling with substance abuse. MFP is the only known successful program in Washington State that allows a woman to leave a violent home, get treatment and retain or regain custody of her children—all at the same time.

Each December we create a Holiday Shop where parents can pick toys, clothing, and household items for their families. Help us brighten the holidays for survivors of domestic violence by collecting items to fill our Holiday Shop. For more information, visit our website.