As one of four San Diego agencies awarded funding this year by the California Office of Emergency Services, Community Resource Center (CRC) recently launched Housing First, a new program designed to prevent homelessness for domestic violence survivors in San Diego. The program’s innovative approach helps to establish housing before survivors find themselves homeless or in need of emergency shelter. Services include rental assistance, licensed therapy, financial assistance for childcare and transportation expenses, and more. “Housing First is a life-saving program,” said CRC Executive Director John Van Cleef. “These funds will help provide domestic violence survivors with the resources to overcome financial obstacles, escape their abuser, and rebuild their lives.”

Established in 1979, CRC works to end hunger, homelessness, and domestic violence in North County San Diego. Last year alone, CRC provided emergency shelter to 123 survivors of domestic violence and responded to 1,388 calls on its 24-hour hotline. The organization is hosting its 24th Annual English Tea on April 13, with proceeds benefiting local families in need. For more information go to www.crcncc.org.