Federal government shutdown could cut aid to violence victims in Grand Forks

Federal funding makes up a little more than half of revenue for the Community Violence Intervention Center in Grand Forks.

Grand Forks’ Community Violence Intervention Center may have to cut services and staff by the end of the month if the ongoing federal government shutdown is not resolved.

In a week, the center is set to run out of money it receives as reimbursements from the federal agencies for services rendered.

“If things don’t get straightened out, we’ll have to borrow on our line of credit to get through the end of the month,” executive director Kristi Hall-Jiran said.

The center provides services to prevent and resolve domestic violence situations within the city and Grand Forks County.

The shutdown has cut off the center’s access to federal funding it receives at the end of each month.

According to the center’s 2013 budget projections, federal money accounts for 55 percent of the center’s funding — about $1.6 million.

The most recent reimbursement and some spending from the center’s reserves will keep things running until Oct. 15. After that, it would need to secure a loan to cover expenses.

Should the shutdown last longer than Oct. 31, clients of the center would see cuts to services and layoffs would begin.

Continue reading this story here, including an abuse survivor’s response to the Grand Forks center and others around North Dakota having to consider cutting programs and staff.


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