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Coalition of legislators ask for emergency funding for domestic violence shelters 

Jordan Cunningham

Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo).

–This week, Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) and a bipartisan coalition of eight legislators sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom requesting the administration allocate $10 million in emergency funding for domestic violence shelters throughout the state.

While crime rates have dropped during the statewide Safer At Home order, there has been an increase in domestic violence calls. The Fresno County Sheriff, for example, reported a 77-percent week-over-week increase in domestic violence calls. Shelters throughout the state are seeing an influx of victims seeking resources and need additional funding in order to provide critical services.

“As programs shift their practices to keep survivors and staff safe, they need the available funding to do so,” states the letter. “While [the shelters’] current funding streams include specific requirements for documentation and service delivery, the present situation demands trust and flexibility. Domestic violence service center providers are adapting their services so they can provide safety and support in ways that are new, creative, and innovative.”

A copy of the letter is available here. It is signed by Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo), Assemblymember Monique Limon (D-Santa Barbara), Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-Temecula), Assemblymember Heath Flora (R-Ripon), Assemblymember Chad Mayes (I-Yucca Valley), Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Porterville), Assemblymember Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) and Assemblymember Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals).

Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham represents all of San Luis Obispo County and a portion of Santa Barbara County, including Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Cambria, Paso Robles, Grover Beach, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Orcutt, Pismo Beach, Templeton, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Maria, and surrounding communities.

Submitted by Jordan Cunningham.

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