Empowering Survivors of Domestic Violence

Each minute, twenty people experience intimate partner violence according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Families experiencing high levels of financial strain are more than three times as likely to experience domestic violence as those who are not. LUCHA founded Project Jumpstart transitional housing program in 2007 to address the needs of low-income survivors. It relocates survivors to safe, independent housing; helps them achieve economic self-sufficiency; and connects them with resources so they may begin healing.

While the program welcomes all survivors, it is specially designed for immigrants and Spanish speakers from financially distressed areas, given these demographics face additional barriers such as social and/or geographic isolation, fear of legal repercussions (e.g. deportation, loss of child custody, etc.), language barriers, cultural norms regarding marriage or relationships, and economic disadvantage, etc.

For more information, please call 773.276.5338 x 257 or email eepstein@lucha.org.


In order to qualify, survivors must meet three requirements: 1) be fleeing (and able to document) a domestic violence scenario; 2) reside in the City of Chicago; and 3) have sufficient income to cover the difference between monthly rent and the amount of rental assistance provided by the program.

Rental Assistance

Survivors receive 6-to-24 months of rental and security deposit assistance ranging from $300 to $500 each month. The specific amount is determined by income and market rents.

Safety Planning 

Survivors develop a safety plan which determines a course of action for several scenarios. Staff role play with survivors so they gain confidence with the action plan for each safety scenario.

Supportive Services

Survivors work with staff to develop a case management plan around goals leading to self-sufficiency. Staff also connect survivors to relevant social services including group therapy, legal assistance, childcare, employment counseling, job placement, utility assistance, as well as other benefits.