Creating an Indigenous Safe Housing Center
After years of grassroots advocacy to raise awareness and provide support for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women impacted by the intersection of gender-based violence and housing instability, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) is launching its latest project to establish the STTARS Indigenous Safe Housing Center (The Center). The Center will work to ensure safety and belonging through Indigenous lifeways and dismantle systemic and endemic barriers that impact housing access for survivors. The Center will accomplish this by elevating culturally-rooted resources, practices and policies, and centering survivors with lived experience, for real social change. It will also work across the housing spectrum and will prioritize the housing needs of all our relatives, including youth, elders, Natives with disabilities, Two-spirit relatives, and other intersectional identities. This fact sheet will provide an overview of the new Center, as well as information from our existing report on housing instability and homelessness for survivors of gender-based violence in our Indigenous Communities.