City Council Approves Domestic Violence Services Contractor

Feb. 20, 2013

City of Phoenix InformationThis evening, the Phoenix City Council awarded a domestic violence services contract to the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence (AZCADV), effective March 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

The contract, administered by the city’s Human Services Department, provides $200,000 in Community Development Block Grant Funds and General Funds to bring service providers and organizations together to combat domestic violence in our region.  The contractor was selected by a competitive city Request for Proposal process.

"I want to commend the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence and their partners for their innovative response," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "The city's shelters have collaborated to create a system that benefits everyone, by getting victims connected with shelter on the first call, and targeting the right housing interventions, to the right people, at the right time.  I applaud their courage in proposing this bold, new approach."

The funding will be used to create two pilot programs:  A centralized screening program to better match available programs and services to the specific needs of domestic violence victims and their families.  A mobile domestic violence housing specialist will offer assistance to those transitioning from temporary shelters to more permanent housing.

“I am pleased that instead of trying to do it all, the city will access the experts in our community to achieve the greatest positive impact,” said Councilwoman Thelda Williams. “This truly is a team effort to change the way we respond to the needs of victims of domestic violence in our city and region.”

“Through discussion and a thorough and transparent RFP process, we maximized the direct impact of these critical funds,” said Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela, chairman of the City Council Neighborhoods, Planning and Development, Housing and Homeless Subcommittee. “I would like to respectfully thank my council colleagues who worked together through this process, along with city staff, and especially the seven organizations that joined together to change the way we support the people and families impacted by domestic violence.”

AZCADV is partnering with UMOM New Day Center and A New Leaf’s Domestic Violence STOP programs to administer this effort.  The seven participating community organizations include: Sojourner Center; Salvation Army’s Elim House; Chrysalis; Catholic Charities’ My Sister’s Place; CPLC’s DeColores Shelter; Eve’s Place; and Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA).  
 

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