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Position
Housing Project Director
Company
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Location
Seattle WA UNITED STATES
Bio

Linda Olsen is the Housing Project Director with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She coordinated the Domestic Violence Housing First pilot project, which tested housing stability strategies for survivors of domestic violence. This project has evolved into a five-year demonstration and research project focusing on systems change and measuring long-term outcomes for survivors and their children. Linda has worked in the field of domestic violence for over 30 years, serving in the roles of shelter director and executive director at two domestic violence agencies. She facilitated the opening of two domestic violence emergency shelters (one rural, one urban), developed a transitional housing program for survivors with drug/alcohol treatment needs, and piloted emergency shelter alternative programs and a rental assistance program for DV survivors. She currently serves on the Washington State Advisory Council on Homelessness. Linda has Master’s degrees in theology (Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA) and social work (University of Washington).