All the housing news you need this month
All the housing news you need this month
Monthly newsletter on housing and economic justice

                                 October 2018


It has been an incredible experience and privilege working at Violence Free Colorado as the Housing Program Manager. My journey is now taking me to another position doing similar work in rural areas of the state. My last day will be November 2nd.
I have learned so much in this position and from all of you and it has been a true honor to work on the intersection of domestic violence and housing/homelessness around Colorado. We have seen great movement in our state over the last few years, thanks to many partners and advocates across the state, and the work will move forward. I'm excited to continue to be a part of the work and to see what all of you continue to do to expand and progress opportunities for survivors to obtain and retain long-term housing and independence. 
I hope our paths cross again.
-Stevi Gray

Resource Spotlight

Finding a Way: Innovative housing solutions of Latin@ survivors of domestic violence and successful practices of culturally specifc community-based organizations (National Latin@ Network a Project of Casa de Esperanza) 

Additional Resources

IWPR’s Economic Security for Survivors (ESS) Project is excited to share three publications during Domestic Violence Awareness Month – (1) state fact sheets on basic economic security, (2) a briefing paper on understanding the costs of sexual harassment and assault at work, and (3) a survey report on the economic effects of intimate partner violence. Today, IWPR released updated national, state, and county data on the BEST Index. State fact sheets and a national overview fact sheet are also available at County data is available at  


The Basic Economic Security Tables (BEST) Index provides a measure of how much income working adults of different family types need to be economically secure in each state and county in the United States. The BEST Index estimates the hourly, monthly, and annual income needed for different family types to meet their basic monthly expenses—such as housing, food, transportation, and child care expenses—and save for emergencies and retirement. The BEST Index was originally developed by Wider Opportunities for Women and the Center for Social Development at Washington University-St. Louis, and is maintained by IWPR.


1 in 3 working adults in the United States is economically insecure. Those who are more likely to experience economic insecurity include people of color and families headed by single mothers, while White men and married couples without children are most likely to be able to meet basic economic security expenses.

Living above the federal poverty threshold is not enough for basic economic security. For instance, a single working parent with one infant needs $50,916 per year, more than triple the federal poverty line of $16,895 for a household with one adult and one child.

National Fact Sheet - Basic Economic Security in the United States: How Much Income Do Working Adults Need in Each State?

51 state fact sheets - includes data on basic economic security by gender, race/ethnicity, and household type for each state.

Social Media Kit – includes sample content for each state. 

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