Steps to Independence

Healing. Hope. Empowerment.

Steps to Independence

Healing. Hope. Empowerment.

What does the program do?

The Steps to Independence Program is a HUD funded, Housing First approach Rapid Re-Housing program offered by Battered Women’s Shelter.

The Steps to Independence program provides rental financial assistance for up to six months in most cases and case management for up to 12 months, if eligible.

Program eligibility

  • Homeless due to domestic violence occurring no more than 12 months prior to entry into the Steps to Independence program.
  • Participants must be residing in an emergency shelter (homeless or domestic violence) or a place not meant for habitation (car, tent, abandoned building, etc.).
  • Participant must be a Summit County resident for at least 60 days.
  • Ability to secure housing and lease in the participant’s name.
  • Ability to secure utility (gas & electric) accounts (if applicable).
  • Agreement to comply with program policies.
  • Households must have custody of children under 18 years of age.
  • Referrals to the Steps to Independence Program are provided by the potential participant’s Case Manager or Resident Advocate.

Income guidelines

Less than 30% of area median income.

Rental Assistance

Length of financial assistance and sliding scale will be provided monthly on a case by case basis.

Are you experiencing crisis?

If you are experiencing crisis please call the Battered Women’s Shelter Hotline or Rape Crisis Center Hotline. We have advocates available 24 hours a day.

If you would like to know more about Crisis Intervention and how we might support you please visit the BWS or RCC service pages.



Monday – Friday 8:00 – 5:00


All of our services are free and confidential and/or anonymous.

Interpreters and translation can be provided free of charge for all of our services.

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