FAQ Immigrant Survivors & Housing (March 2021) [pdf]

Immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and human trafficking face unique challenges when accessing and maintaining safe housing. Housing is a primary concern for survivors living with violence because it directly affects their ability to leave an abusive relationship. COVID-19 has exacerbated problems as survivors are forced to stay at home – making violence in their homes more frequent and dangerous. For survivors looking for alternative, safe housing, there is misinformation among housing providers and survivor advocates about immigrant survivors’ eligibility for housing and homeless assistance programs. Here, we clarify some misconceptions as well as provide resources and tools supporting advocacy on behalf of immigrant survivors.