The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence established the Survivor Crisis Fund to address critical gaps in the safety net for survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking. Once an application is received, we will review it for eligibility for any funds we currently have and will provide a response.

The basic eligibility to receive funding is that you are a victim/survivor of domestic violence, sexual abuse, stalking and/or human trafficking. Beyond that, we have various eligibility guidelines imposed by our funding sources.

This financial assistance is intended to be a one-time payment and is typically not available in an emergency.

To apply, you need to book an appointment with an application specialist here: https://the-network.org/survivor-fund/. You must also create an account in our application system, Submittable, before your appointment, if you do not already have one. We will accept a limited number of appointments each month. There will be no waitlist for appointments. The appointment calendar will open on the 1st business day of each month at 10:00 a.m. until funds run out. Please click HERE to read our FAQ.

If you have questions, email SurvivorFund@the-network.org.

The Affording Survival guaranteed income pilot project is being administered by The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence. The Network is partnering with WINGS and Family Rescue to recruit at least 60 survivors of domestic violence who reside in their rapid rehousing programs and are parents/caregivers for the pilot project. The survivors accepted into the project will receive $1000/month for a total of 12 months, enhanced case management to include financial coaching from their advocates, the option to participate in credit repair counseling from Working Credit, and the option to apply for additional emergency financial assistance from The Network. 

Eligibility:

  • residing in a WINGS/Family Rescue rapid rehousing unit at the start of the project
  • parent/caregiver of at least one minor child
  • is at least 18 years old
  • DOES NOT get SSI


The funding from The Network will be provided as a gift solely to help you, not to satisfy any duty of ours, and without expecting any consideration in return or any repayment.

The Network will provide optional public benefits counseling sessions (in partnership with Legal Aid Chicago) to potential applicants who wish to review the potential public benefits impact this funding may have on them. 


Each applicant will need to create their own Submittable.com account and will apply on their own behalf. All communications will be sent directly to the Submitter. The applicant will provide their Advocate's contact information. If the Submitter is unresponsive, The Network will attempt to reach the Advocate. By providing contact information for the applicant and Advocate, the applicant is providing consent for The Network to communicate via those methods for the purpose of administering this program.