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Jun 17, 2014
DCFS Announces Domestic Violence Funding
Project Celebration will expant to provide services in Shreveport, Natchitoches areas

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will fund 16 domestic violence service providers across the state, including one provider that is expanding to Shreveport and Natchitoches.

Total funding for all domestic violence service providers is $6.169 million, an increase over last year. Funding for providers takes into account the size of the population served, square miles covered and the previous year's funding amounts.

"We are proud to announce these increases to further combat domestic violence in Louisiana," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "No provider will see a decrease in funding. During the most recent legislative session, we coordinated with providers, the administration and the Legislature to ensure that funding was maintained and to continue efforts to assist victims of domestic violence through the passage of key legislation."

Beginning July 1, Taylor House/Project Celebration, which currently serves Many, will expand to Shreveport and Natchitoches, replacing Providence House in Shreveport and Domestic Violence Education & Support (DOVES) in Natchitoches.

"We have worked closely with the Shreveport Mayor's Office and community stakeholders to ensure a continuity of services in the Shreveport area following Providence House's announcement that it would not provide domestic violence services after June 30," said Sonnier. "The Shreveport community is highly committed to a seamless transition of services and I am confident the new provider will have strong support."

In order to determine funding amounts, DCFS began with prior year allocations and then considered the size of the population and the number of square miles each program serves. All providers saw at least a small increase in funding for Fiscal Year 2014-2015. Funding directly to the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence helps provide technical assistance to providers and partially funds the Domestic Violence hotline.

 

Domestic Violence Funding Allocations

Program

Location

2014-15 Allocation

2013-14 Allocation

New Orleans Family Justice Alliance - Crescent House

New Orleans

$449,708

$446,819

Calcasieu Women's Shelter - Oasis

Lake Charles

$374,655

$372,464

Capitol Area Iris Domestic Violence Center

Baton Rouge

$550,736

$545,182

Chez Hope

Franklin

$287,695

$286,980

Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (DART)

Ruston

$411,241

$409,313

Faith House

Lafayette

$839,452

$833,826

Jefferson Davis CADA

Jennings

$96,788

$96,453

June N. Jenkins Women's Shelter

DeRidder

$192,639

$191,592

Metropolitan Center for Women & Children

Jefferson

$365,184

$360,848

Southeast Spouse Abuse (SAFE)

Hammond

$259,206

$256,883

Safe Harbor

Mandeville

$252,887

$250,475

Safety Net for Abused Persons (SNAP)

New Iberia

$274,715

$273,558

St. Bernard Battered Women's Program

Arabi

$256,513

$255,831

Taylor House/Project Celebration*

Shreveport/ Natchitoches/ Many

$548,243

$188,573

The Haven

Houma

$328,520

$326,585

The Wellspring Alliance for Families

Monroe

$647,431

$643,959

Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Statewide

$34,158

$27,131

 

*Taylor House's FY2013-2014 allocation only includes its services in Many. The organization is expanding to provide services in Shreveport and Natchitoches in FY2014-2015.

 

 



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