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United Way of Dane County starts new program for domestic violence victims


MADISON (WKOW) -- There is a new safe home for women and children who are homeless survivors of domestic violence in the community.

The United Way of Dane County announced the new facility called, "Empower Home" will provide immediate, secure housing for 20 domestic violence survivors – 12 women with children and 8 single women. The program also educates women in life skills they need to become independent and break the cycle of violence. It's made possible by a large grant.

Empower Home will work closely with Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) to identify families who can benefit from Housing First. It is the only facility in Dane County that will provide Housing First for domestic violence victims. Housing First is a program United Way began two years ago to provide homeless families immediate placement in long-term housing. Providing Housing First has an 80 percent success rate of stabilizing homeless families compared to 37 percent success in the shelter system.

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