Center for domestic violence victims feels funding crunch amid gov’t shutdownPosted: Updated:
A local nonprofit that helps victims of domestic violence says it could be closing its doors due to the government shutdown.
The Center for Safety & Change in New City offers services to nearly 2,000 victims and survivors of domestic violence annually in Rockland County.
The center says it is operating paycheck to paycheck. It says it pays its staff, mortgage and expenses out of pocket and relies on reimbursements from the government, including federal funds.
Officials at the center say it hasn’t received grants since October because of the government shutdown – which would be a total of $750,000. It says if it doesn’t get the money, it is in jeopardy of closing.
The shutdown is also affecting victims. The "Violence Against Women's Act" expired Dec. 31. It administered federal grants for vital programs at the center.
The center is now turning to the public to ask for donations so it can continue helping victims and survivors of domestic violence.
The center recently received $2.5 million in state grants over a five-year period. That money will allow the agency to hire more attorneys and paralegals to work with victims in Rockland County and be able to assist them in issues ranging from divorce to immigration. It says it still needs the federal funds to remain open.