“This resolution [Resolution 0165-2022] is a call for reform in our reimbursement policies, to ensure they align with the realities faced by domestic violence shelters and the survivors they serve,” said Council Member Louis. “We must adjust our funding strategies to accommodate not just families but also single adults who are victims of domestic violence, who often face barriers to shelter access. Our goal should be to provide safe, appropriate, and accessible shelter for all survivors, regardless of their family size. It is imperative that our state partners review and revise the current reimbursement model to prevent any further reduction in service capacity, and to make certain that every person seeking refuge from domestic violence can find a sanctuary that is equipped to aid in their recovery and safety.”

Read more from the Urban Resource Institute (link) and New Black Voices (link).