Survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking who enter WTLC’s Bridge Housing Program represent a population of people who have no social and community networks available to support them, and have very limited to no income. They are traumatized by their abuse, oppression, and exploitation. WTLC works to bring them to a functional level where they are able to perform daily tasks, participate in society, and build relationships and community in a healthy way. BUT THIS TAKES TIME.
In response to survivors needing more time to heal, WTLC reopened its Transitional Housing Program in 2019. Our Transitional Housing operates in the critical space between emergency shelter and permanent housing assistance, providing free support and access to supportive services for residents who are not yet ready to live on their own. With no dedicated facility to house this program, it was moved into our emergency shelter facility. As this program grows it limits the number of beds available for survivors escaping violent situations, LIMITING OUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE LIFE-SAVING SERVICES TO THOSE IN CRITICAL CONDITIONS.