Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $312,482)
This program will provide funding for shelter and transitional housing and other assistance to victims of domestic violence and their companion animals, which under this program means pets, service animals, emotional support animals, and horses. The SAFE Alliance (SAFE | stop abuse for everyone) will implement the People & Animals Together (PAT) project to provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, and supportive services to victims of domestic violence (including dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking) and their companion animals (pets, service animals, and/or support animals) in the environs of Austin, TX. The overarching goal of this project is to enable domestic violence victims and their companion animals to remain together and safe in shelter or housing. Project activities will include: a) installing pet amenities and refurbishing shelter/transitional housing units at SAFEs Grove Boulevard campus; b) providing shelter, transitional housing and supportive services to domestic violence victims and their companion animals; c) providing preventative, non-emergency, and emergency medical care, and facilitate transport to and from appointments, for the companion animals of domestic violence victims living in SAFE shelter/housing; d) facilitating temporary foster care for companion animals if needed/desired by survivor; and e) delivering stakeholder training to build understanding of how pets are used to control and manipulate in domestic violence situations, and increase community support for victims with companion animals.