Transitional Housing Programs
After the Initial Stay
The Second Stage Program
Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS) operates a transitional housing program for women
who have met their goals during their stay at the
Women and their children may stay up to eighteen months in one-bedroom apartments,
while receiving group and individual counseling and other supportive services.
Second Stage is designed to allow survivors of domestic violence to make long-term
positive changes for themselves and for their children.
The Mariposa House Program
The lack of safe and affordable housing is one of the primary reasons women stay in
abusive relationships. For more than 25 years, Domestic Violence Solutions has provided emergency
shelter for victims of domestic violence. And for more than 10 years, DVS has helped victims
turn their lives around through its "Second Stage" transitional housing program.
More than 85 percent of Second Stage residents are successful at establishing their own
independent households - the majority in just a year's time.
Until 2004, there was only one transitional housing program available (south Santa Barbara County).
Due to lack of space, DVS had to turn away more than 100 women and children each year from our
transitional housing program. Even when space was available, relocating to Santa Barbara was a
hardship for women with jobs, family, and school commitments in North County.
With support from HUD, the City of Santa Maria, and a bequest, DVS purchased a nine-unit apartment
complex, which nearly doubled our capacity to offer transitional housing to domestic violence survivors
in our county. Now, domestic violence victims and their families can stay at Mariposa House,
our new transitional housing facility in Santa Maria.