Housing for Domestic Abuse Survivors – A Personal Mission

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Housing for Domestic Abuse Survivors – A Personal Mission

For Mark Tolley, Partner at Mission DG, building housing for domestic abuse survivors and their families is more than just a professional mission, it’s personal.

Nearly 1 in 4 women in the US have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime.1  In San Antonio, and Texas in general, the problem outpaces the national average.2

It is critical to provide a safe and stable environment for these women and their children to recover. There are currently only 4 domestic violence and abuse shelters in San Antonio that provide limited housing for our city’s population of approximately 2.3 million people.Housing for Domestic Abuse Survivors - A Personal Mission 2

To help address this housing shortage for women who have experienced intimate partner violence, Mission DG is working with Haven for Hope and the San Antonio Housing Authority to develop LIV at West Martin.

This mixed-income community will offer residents an attractive, comfortable, and engaging urban living experience designed to enhance quality of life through activity, interaction, wellness, and convenience. Behind a limited access gate, this facility will have an amazing set of amenities including, 4th floor viewing decks, patios and balconies, a dog park, business center, package lockers, community spaces, WIFI, fitness center, resort style pool, and more.

Located on 2 acres zoned for Downtown Mixed-Use in the Urban Core of San Antonio, it is directly adjacent to Haven for Hope, the pre-eminent Homeless Services and Housing provider in Bexar County for those experiencing housing instability or homelessness.  The envisioned projected will focus on providing safe and affordable housing opportunities for women and families experiencing abuse and homelessness who have graduated through the Haven for Hope “Housing Fourth” stabilization program.

Mission DG will be working with GRG Architecture, Concept Builders, and KFW Engineers to bring the project to fruition. Women who qualify through Haven for Hope and participate in their rehabilitation programs will have access to this housing, a critical step in their healing and return to independent living.

“Creating this housing for the women of San Antonio who find themselves in a dangerous position is personal for me. My Sister was a career social services provider and was unfortunately murdered while doing her job, helping women who have experienced intimate partner violence. I understand at a fundamental level the need for a secure, stable, and safe place for these women to recover.” – Mark Tolley

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Mark explains, “It’s important to me, for the legacy of my Sister, for us to be doing this work to help improve the housing situation in San Antonio.” This important project will serve the dire need of providing safe, quality housing for battered women.

LIV at West Martin is extremely well-positioned to provide much needed supportive permanent affordable housing to both clients of Haven for Hope, and the West Side San Antonio Community at large.