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The Family Support Network is still hoping for a more longterm option for its clients who require shelter. At present, the organization can only provide five nights of shelter for those in need and Director of the Family Support Network (FSN), Sasha Hodge said that the five days is often not enough for persons needing to escape from a domestic violence situation.
Hodge, during an appearance on JTV in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Family Support Network, said that at the moment there is not much that the organization can do for those seeking shelter. However, she noted that there is a constant hope for a better shelter option.
The Director of FSN said, “We do offer emergency shelter and our emergency shelter is a beautiful thing, but the reality is most people look at it and say, ‘five days, that’s all you can give me? Five days, what can I do? I can’t get everything in order in five days.’ The reality is that we know that they can’t, which is why we have it as an emergency shelter.”
“Which is why we hope that in the near future we’ll be able to have something better so that people can really get their lives together, because I think that a lot of times that is why people stay…because they have no strong support,” Hodge added.
This is not the first time that the need to provide more shelter to persons in need of an escape has been mentioned. The mention was made in the 2013 Family Support Network report that was distributed to the media in December that year.
In that report, it was disclosed that the Family Support Network was in discussion to have a residential facility for various persons who may need temporary housing.
The report stated, “We continue to help with temporary housing where we can and we have been approached to work with a local church on setting up a brand new safe house for victims and their families.”