HAP Receives $335,000 from Minnesota Housing Finance Agency and Department of Human Services To Provide Housing And Supportive Services for Victims of Gender Violence
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2017
CONTACT: Mai Moua, Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer
Saint Paul, MN- Hmong American Partnership (HAP) has been awarded $335,000 from the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency and the Minnesota Department of Human Services for a pilot project to serve Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees who are victims of domestic abuse by providing safe and affordable housing and support services. These services will provide rental assistance, helping victims achieve housing stability, and then permanent sustainable housing while also providing comprehensive wrap around support services.
HAP, in partnership with Asian Women United of Minnesota, SEWA-Asian Indian Family Wellness, and Neighborhood House, will provide culturally appropriate intensive case management, rental assistance, and financial aid for those who are unfamiliar with, and do not know, how to access government services. HAP’s work will address cultural traditions and barriers that prevent Hmong and other Southeast Asian victims of abuse from obtaining services to help them escape these situations.
“This pilot project helps women, and in cases men, who are leaving gender violence situations, move into safe housing which will provide an environment to begin the healing process,” notes Bao Vang, HAP President & CEO. “Our supportive services will help stabilize victims and their families, including learn how to become fully independent.”
Since the mid-1990s, HAP has been providing services for domestic abuse victims and has over five years of experience providing emergency housing. HAP and Minnesota Housing Finance Agency’s collaboration, dates to 2012 with partnerships provide an array of housing services.
HAP is a community development organization whose mission is: to empower the community to embrace the strengths of our cultures while achieving our potential. HAP provides critical services and support to more than 15,000 community members annually. For more information about HAP and its programs, please visit http://www.hmong.org.