Permanent Supportive Housing
"The United States contains less than a dozen shelters (under
100 beds) that cater specifically to trafficked women and youth. Breaking
Free's housing program has been providing safety and shelter to our clients
--Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 2011
The Village Place, Breaking Free’s permanent housing
facility, was opened through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2001. The Village Place is a 36-unit
apartment complex master leased by Breaking Free with efficiency, one- and two-bedroom units. Breaking Free opened another 18-unit building in November 2014.
Our permanent housing program houses women (and their children) who participate in
and complete our Women's programming. While we call this program
"permanent housing" by definition because we are not mandated by our
funding to require a time limit of stay for residents, it is our hope and
design that clients will utilize this program and its supportive services to
eventually achieve self-sufficiency.