Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $100,000)
The proposed project will be implemented by De Colores, the unit of Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC), specifically dedicated to serving the needs of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault. The goal of the proposed project is to keep more victims of domestic violence and their companion animals in Maricopa County, AZ, safe and together. The proposed project will build the capacity of De Colores’ current pet program so that it can better address the unmet needs of victims of domestic violence and their pets in the Phoenix metropolitan area of Arizona (Maricopa County). Capacity-building activities will include 1) additional outreach to ensure all victims with pets are aware of De Colores’ services and De Colores’ capacity to accommodate pets is fully utilized, 2) additional pet equipment, supplies, and food to ensure the needs of all pets residing at the De Colores emergency shelter or transitional housing program are accommodated, 3) providing pet-related supports (including financial assistance, housing navigation, and referrals) to help victims secure safe, pet-friendly permanent housing, 4) increasing awareness in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area about the importance of providing services for victims with pets. Expected outcomes of these activities are as follows: 1) The number of victims with companion animals receiving emergency and/or transitional housing and comprehensive supportive services at De Colores will increase by 25%, 2) All victims and their companion animals residing in De Colores emergency shelter or transitional housing will be provided with comprehensive services to support their healing, safety, and long-term well-being. 3) 90% of victims with companion animals served by De Colores will transition to permanent, safe, “pet-friendly” housing with their pets; 4) Increased community and stakeholder awareness regarding (1) the link between domestic violence and the abuse and neglect of animals, (2) the needs of victims of domestic violence; (3) promising practices in providing services and referrals, and 4) the importance of confidentiality by providing training to stakeholders. Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) is a culturally-specific organization serving the needs of the Latinx community and is requesting priority consideration under priority area 1B. There are no sub-recipients for the proposed project.