The overall purpose of the proposed pilot study is to gain an understanding of how better to help women gain stable independent housing.
The proposed study takes two approaches.
The first focuses on the use of seeking safety to help women with their substance use and PTSD issues. Of particular concern will be the enrollment and retention process. Given that many of these women are living in abandoned houses or buildings and may have extreme distrust of outsiders, approaches to successful and unsuccessful enrollment and retention strategies will be carefully evaluated for purposes of refinement in future studies. Given that the intervention can be provided in either a group or individual format, choices made will be considered. We will also consider the potential for a developmental framework, where initially individual sessions may be used with gradual transition into group formats.
The other issue we will consider is how the seeking safety approach may be refined to also help in getting the women to focus on attaining more stable independent housing. In addition to looking at how seeking safety may help, we will also utilize the qualitative data gathered from the women to consider how outreach might be structured to be more effective in helping the women gain stable independent housing.