LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- A program designed to help domestic violence survivors is expanding.
The Fresh Start Program gives 12 months of rent assistance to low-income domestic violence victims. The voucher starts after the victim is ready to leave the YWCA's domestic violence shelter.
Last year, the program was able to help five families. This year, it's going to be able to help a total of eight.
It's all thanks to funding from the Lafayette Housing Consortium.
Leah Giorgini with the YWCA said the program can help survivors get back on their feet after a traumatic experience.
"A lot of domestic violence survivors experience high barriers in achieving safe housing," said Giorgini. "So they might come out of a relationship having no income. There might be multiple children which makes it difficult to afford a place."
Giorgini said the program offers something some victims never thought was possible.
"What families really want is somewhere to call their own," Giorgini added. "So, in order to provide rental assistance means their name is on the lease. It's theirs, and they have the option of remaining their after a year of assistance."
The program also provides them with a case worker to help them transition.
More than $64,000 will be going to the program next year.