Continuing efforts to protect Californians from domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has awarded $2.1 million to community organizations across the state.
Administered by Cal OES, these grants will help ensure continuity of domestic violence services with costs associated with technology needed to provide remote services, community outreach, emergency preparedness efforts, overtime for additional staff, safety planning, and more.
“It’s essential the state continues to support domestic violence survivors, even during the pandemic,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “The funding going to local organizations will help ensure there is no interruption in essential services to those who need it.”
Known as the Domestic Violence American Rescue Plan Program, funding is supported through the Family Violence Prevention and Services/Domestic Violence Shelter and Supportive Services Grant, with additional funding from the American Rescue Plan. The funding provides grants to offset the expenses related to providing these critical services during the pandemic.
“The $65,000 in grant funding requested will pay for 1,300 rides at $50 apiece (one way) provided by Uber Health to transport domestic violence victims to and from our hospital. Providing 1,300 rides over this two-year project period is a highly achievable objective for our program, since we serve approximately 230 youth at any given time, of whom nearly 70% have suffered trauma from domestic, dating, or similar violent incidents,” said Brian W. Thorne, Chief Development Office at Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center.
These grants are awarded through a competitive process for which organizations, particularly those working in support of domestic violence and non-shelter supportive services and/or prevention activities or similar criteria may apply.
The breakdown below shows the distribution of funds awarded:
|Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center||Los Angeles/Los Angeles County||$65,000|
|Stanislaus Family Justice Center Foundation||Modesto/Stanislaus County||$65,000|
|Reach the Valley||Hernet/Riverside County||$65,000|
|KidsFirst Child Abuse Prevention Council of Placer County||Roseville/Placer County||$65,000|
|San Diego LGBT Community Center||San Diego/San Diego County||$65,000|
|Foothill Family Services||Pasadena/Los Angeles County||$65,000|
|SAFE Family Justice Center||Temecula/Riverside County||$65,000|
|New Star Family Center||Hawthorne/Los Angeles County||$65,000|
|Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center Foundation||Sacramento/Sacramento County||$65,000|
|Community United Against Violence||San Francisco/San Francisco County||$65,000|
|Alameda County District Attorney’s Office||Oakland/Alameda County||$65,000|
|Volunteers of America Los Angeles||South Gate/Los Angeles County||$65,000|
|Community Legal Aid SoCal||Santa Ana/Orange County||$65,000|
|Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach||San Francisco/San Francisco & Alameda Counties||$65,000|
|Opening Doors, Inc.||Sacramento/Sacramento County||$65,000|
|Step Forward Foundation||Morgan Hill/Santa Clara County||$65,000|
|Crime Victims Assistance Network – I-CAN||Sacramento/Sacramento County||$65,000|
|El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office||Placerville/El Dorado County||$65,000|
|Venice Family Clinic||Los Angeles/Los Angeles County||$65,000|
|Integrated Recovery Network||Los Angeles/Los Angeles County||$65,000|
|Sister to Sister 2, Incorporated||Oakland/Alameda County||$64,996|
|Inner Circle Foster Family Agency, Inc.||Lancaster/Los Angeles County||$65,000|
|The Ark of Refuge, Inc.||Oakland/Alameda County||$65,000|
|Justice At Last||San Carlos/San Mateo County||$65,000|
|Tahirih Justice Center, San Francisco Bay Area Office||San Bruno/San Mateo County||$65,000|
|Helpline Youth Counseling, Inc.||Whittier/Los Angeles County||$65,000|
|Solano Advocates for Victims of Violence||Fairfield/Solano County||$65,000|
|California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation||Sacramento/Sacramento County||$65,000|
|The University Corporation, California State University at Northridge||Van Nuys/Los Angeles County||$65,000|
|LACBA Counsel for Justice||Los Angeles/Los Angeles County||$64,911|
|Grandma’s House of Hope||Anaheim/Orange County||$65,000|
|South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency||Artesia/Los Angeles County||$65,000|
|California Women’s Law Center||El Segundo/Los Angeles County||$17,896|
*Applicants were permitted to apply for up to $65,000.
ABOUT CAL OES GRANTS MANAGEMENT
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Grants Management Division is responsible for the administration of approximately $1 billion in funds for homeland security, emergency management, public safety, and victim services programs. The majority of these grants are distributed to local and regional entities to enable the most effective prevention, detection, response and recovery efforts to disasters and other threats to communities. Improving and enhancing local agencies’ capabilities through grant funding is one of Cal OES’s most important missions.