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April 9, 2024

Lukens Bill to Improve Access to Safe Housing Passes Committee

DENVER, CO - The House Health & Human Services Committee today passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Representative Meghan Lukens to improve access to housing for survivors of domestic violence. The bill passed by a vote of 8-4. 

“Housing is critical in allowing survivors of domestic and sexual violence to escape their abuser, and when a survivor doesn’t have a safe place to live, they are either forced to stay in a dangerous situation or are at risk of becoming homeless,” said Rep. Meghan Lukens, D-Steamboat Springs. “Barriers to housing should never prevent someone from seeking safety. Our legislation would make it easier for survivors to secure housing away from their abuser, keeping them and their children safe and housed.”

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 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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