To victims and survivors of domestic violence
served by the Crisis Center for South Suburbia (CCSS),
the impact is very personal. One client shared, “If it
weren’t for the Crisis Center, I probably wouldn’t be alive.
They saved my life and my daughter’s life.” In the face
of looming budget cuts, the fear of losing funding for victims
of domestic violence has a very sobering effect for those receiving
and giving services.
The IL Department of Human Services Secretary Dimas has NOT
obligated General Revenue Funding (GRF) through the
Stop Gap Budget to Domestic Violence Victim Services for
State Fiscal Year 2017, despite domestic violence providers across
the state having signed contracts with the IL Department of Human Services.
For CCSS that could mean a loss of over $400,000 in agency funding,
leading to substantial cut backs in program operations. CCSS Director of Finance,
Diane Veltman stated, “for the first time in over 20 years, I am truly concerned
that we will not receive our funding. It could have significant ramifications for our programs.”
Please help us educate legislators that without these services families will not be safe and will face
continued trauma and homelessness.