Press Release: Domestic Violence Housing First


Encinitas, CA, March 8, 2019—Community Resource Center (CRC) is one of four San Diego agencies awarded funding this year by the California Office of Emergency Services for the Domestic Violence Housing First Program. Housing First enables CRC to help survivors quickly access safe, stable housing and receive supportive services.

Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 24 percent of California’s homeless population identified as victims of domestic violence in 2017 and San Diego County had the fourth-most homeless residents in the U.S. in 2018.

CRC’s Housing First services include rental assistance, licensed therapy, financial assistance for childcare and transportation expenses and more, and takes a preventive approach to establishing housing before survivors find themselves homeless or in need of emergency shelter.

Housing First is a life-saving program,” said John Van Cleef, executive director of Community Resource Center. “These funds will help provide domestic violence survivors with the resources to overcome financial obstacles, escape their abuser and rebuild their lives.”

Community Resource Center is an organization that helps the hungry, homeless and hurting in North County San Diego. Last year, CRC provided emergency shelter to 123 survivors of domestic violence and responded to 1,388 calls to their 24-hour hotline.

Rebecca Nussbaum, CRC’s associate director of programs and representative on the Board of Directors at the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, said, “The funding available through Housing First allows us to tailor the financial assistance to the needs of each family. There is no other program with such a flexible design that supports survivors in rebuilding their lives like Housing First.”

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About Community Resource Center:
Established in 1979, Community Resource Center (CRC) is a nonprofit organization that works to end hunger, homelessness and domestic violence in North County San Diego. As a provider of integrative services, CRC’s programs include a domestic violence emergency shelter, hotline and prevention/education outreach, a Therapeutic Children’s Center, professional counseling, legal advocacy, food and nutrition distribution center, homelessness prevention and rental and housing assistance. All of CRC’s programs are designed to assist participants to successfully navigate their paths of safety, stability & self-sufficiency.

Media Contact: Lauren Montague,