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April 25, 2024

Bipartisan Lukens Bill to Improve Access to Safe Housing Passes

DENVER, CO - The House today passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Representative Meghan Lukens to improve access to housing for survivors of domestic violence. HB24-1431 passed by a vote of 54-8. 

“Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness, especially for women and children, and it's critical that they have a safe place to call home when they leave their abuser,” said Rep. Meghan Lukens, D-Steamboat Springs. “This important bipartisan legislation would connect victims of domestic and sexual violence to stable housing, helping some of our most vulnerable Coloradans when they are at risk for further violence.”

HB24-1431, also sponsored by Representative Ryan Armagost, R-Berthoud, would create the Stable Housing for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Program. The program would coordinate with community-based organizations to provide short-term assistance payments to survivors of abuse and interpersonal violence so they can secure safe housing.

A 2023 study found that survivors who received housing support reported a decrease in physical, psychological, and economic abuse for themselves and their children.

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