DV 13: Shelter and Safe Home Facilities
The shelter or safe home provides a safe, clean, non-institutional setting that meets residents’ immediate needs.
NA The organization does not provide shelter or safe home services.
Shelters and safe homes meet the basic needs of survivors in a safe, minimally intrusive environment.
Shelters and safe homes should provide: safety from the street and the elements, sleeping accomodations, food, clothing, personal hygiene supplies, and safe, private bathroom and shower facilities. These bathroom and shower facilities may be separate lockable rooms, or lockable stalls.
Accommodations for residents include:
- single rooms, or rooms for two to four residents, or accommodations for larger groups, if appropriate;
- adequately and attractively furnished rooms with a separate bed for each resident, including a clean, comfortable, covered mattress, pillow, sufficient linens, and blankets; and
- a safe place such as a locker to keep personal belongings and valuables.
Shelters and safe homes provide:
- sufficient supplies and equipment to meet residents’ needs;
- rooms for on-site services, if applicable;
- at least one room suitably furnished for the use of on-duty personnel, if applicable; and
- private sleeping accommodations for personnel who sleep at the facility, if applicable.
The shelter or safe home accommodates informal gatherings of residents.
The shelter or safe home has adequate facilities for housekeeping, laundry, maintenance, storage, and administrative support functions.
The shelter or safe home considers the number, age, special needs
, and gender of residents when grouping people.
Shelters and safe homes maintain families as a unit and keep sibling or family
NA The shelter or safe home does not serve families, or housing families as a unit is not possible or prohibited by law.