Grant helps WRCC with center

Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2002

Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault will continue to find refuge at the Women's Resource and Crisis Center's transitional living center through at least 2005.

The center received a federal Housing and Urban Development grant Thursday in the amount of $147,582 to fund the Kenai housing facility, the only such transitional living center on the Kenai Peninsula.

According to WRCC Director Heather Arnette, the grant provides the majority of funding for the facility, which serves roughly 50 women and children who have been the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

"This grant continues funding so it will stay open," Arnette said Thursday. "It covers the majority of the operating costs for our transitional housing facility."

The year-round living center provides housing, job training, educational services and other skills to victims in order to allow them to move back into the community. The transitional living center has been in operation since 1990, utilizing both federal grant money and funds from the city of Kenai and the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.

Arnette said the facility mainly serves victims who first come through the crisis center's emergency shelter.

The transitional living facility allows victims a permanent place to live while recovering from abusive situations. Residents are allowed to stay at the facility for up to two years, though Arnette said most stay at the facility for only one year.

She said Thursday she's happy to have received continued funding for what has become an important program.

"It's very important," she said. "It enables us to provide victims of domestic violence and sexual assault the tools they need to get back into the community."

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