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Cuyahoga County, Mandel Foundation give $200,000 to Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center amid coronavirus

'This funding will help to reduce individuals at the shelter and expedite moving people into safe, permanent housing.'

CLEVELAND — Those impacted by domestic violence should never feel like they have no options -- especially with the circumstances surrounding coronavirus.

That's why Cuyahoga County has partnered with the Mandel Foundation to give $200,000 to benefit the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center.

"Housing and financial insecurity are two major barriers for people trying to leave an abusive environment," said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. "This funding will help to reduce individuals at the shelter and expedite moving people into safe, permanent housing."

Budish also outlined how the money will help DVCAC as follows:

  • Remote service delivery
  • Use of technology to provide remote advocacy, therapy and case management
  • Diversion from shelter to safe alternatives

"This new program will also enable isolation and/or quarantine of clients who are confirmed positive for COVID," Budish said. "More than anything else, these funds will allow DVCAC to help their clients rediscover their voice and their autonomy and be able to live freely without the constant consequence of violence."

The announcement was made Friday morning during a coronavirus press conference with other county officials.

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