City staff is recommending that the Phoenix City Council issue $200,000 in grants to the Arizona Coalition against Domestic Violence (AZCADV) to create a centralized screening process and to set up a mobile housing specialist to help victims identify permanent housing.

During a Public Safety, Veterans, Transparency and Ethics Subcommittee meeting in December the Sojourner Center approached the subcommittee asking for $100,000 in emergency funding.

The request was denied, but the subcommittee asked staff to send out a request for proposals (RFP) for $200,000 to go to the domestic violence shelter that could use the money most efficiently.

On Wednesday the committee put in charge of the RFP shared its findings. City staff received two proposals from the RFP.

One was from New Life Center and the other was from the Arizona Coalition against Domestic Violence, which includes Sojourner Center, Salvation Army’s Elim House, Chrysalis, Catholic Charities, My Sister’s Place, CPLCs DeColores Shelter, Eve’s Place and Community Alliance Against Family Abuse.

Staff said after reviewing the proposals based on program summary and method of approach, expertise, cost and fiscal ability, it was decided that the funding should be awarded to AZCADV.

The committee will present its findings to another city subcommittee next week before going before the full council on Feb. 20.

The funding, $100,00 of which is coming from community development block grant funding and $100,000 of which will come from general funds, will go to creating a centralizing screening process for victims looking for services and will also set up a mobile housing specialist to help victims identify more permanent housing.

This RFP is only step one of the city’s plan to deal with domestic violence. City staff is also working with a collaborative group of stakeholders, including the O’Connor House, to identify key areas that need improvement and create a road map for a more sustainable solution.

City Councilman Sal DiCiccio has been a big advocate against domestic violence. He said he plans to make this issue a focus over the next year.

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