Coldwell Banker Bain (CB Bain), a leading provider of real estate brokerage services throughout Washington and Oregon, and a market leader in home sales in 2019*, has announced that broker referrals have raised $25,000 in 2019 for the company’s “Bring Hope Home” program – for a total of $75,000 since the program first launched. A company referral initiative, Bring Hope Home benefits Domestic Violence Housing First, a program facilitated through the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
The Domestic Violence Housing First approach focuses on getting survivors of domestic violence into stable housing as quickly as possible, and then providing the necessary support as they rebuild their lives. Key components of Domestic Violence Housing First include survivor-driven, trauma-informed, mobile advocacy, community engagement, and flexible financial assistance.
In 2019, the Bring Hope Home initiative helped two organizations provide flexible financial assistance for survivors of domestic violence in need of a safe, stable home. The funding helped 60 survivor families with housing at an average cost of $833 per household. Some have needed just a little (i.e., moving costs) while others needed rental assistance over a time period of several months. For one agency, 90 percent of the funds helped survivors safely stay in their own home. The other agency used 47 percent of the funds to enable survivors to remain in their home, while the balance was used for deeper investments, including securement of housing and provision of move-in costs and rental assistance in new housing.
CB Bain brokers, in an effort facilitated by its national Relocation Division, donated $300 to Domestic Violence Housing First for every outgoing referral it received in 2019 through its national broker referral network that ended in a closed transaction.
Bill Riss, CB Bain CEO and owner, first initiated the charge to support domestic violence in 2018 via a companywide campaign after reviewing data showing that breaking the cycle of domestic violence is critical to ensuring that all Washington State residents have safe and stable housing. And now, support is even more critical given recent reports of an increase in domestic violence incidents as a result of the COVID-19 virus and the amount of time people are having to spend inside their homes.
Said Riss, “We are all experiencing a situation that is increasingly challenging, even for those of us living in a stable home environment. Compound our mandated isolation with existing substance abuse and/or mental health issues, and it’s understandable that the number of domestic violence incidences are increasing. I am happy that we’re able to support the Coalition’s efforts during this difficult time, and when resources are further limited by the situation.”
Linda Olsen, Housing Director for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Kim Hart, Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Development for Coldwell Banker Bain discuss the program in more depth here: https://www.coldwellbankerbain.com/content/Bring-Hope-Home
*According to final 2019 statistics derived from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service data (NWMLS).