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Domestic Violence Center has new home

Anonymous local business person rents low-price space to prevent closure due to budget cuts

Posted: September 29, 2009 10:26 p.m.
Updated: September 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Days before the budget cut-stricken domestic violence center was going to be forced out of its current location, an anonymous philanthropist has offered the organization space to operate its services for battered women.

“Hallelujah,” the center’s executive director Nicole Shellcroft said Tuesday.

“This place was our last hope. Had we not found this location we would have suspended services,” she said. “We are so incredibly thankful to this community member who stepped up.”

State budget cuts had forced the Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley to lay off much of its already skeletal staff, and move out of its spot in Newhall in October.

A local business person, who wished to remain anonymous, cut a deal with the center. He or she rented them a space in the Valencia Industrial Center on Avenue Stanford at a greatly reduced price.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger cut most state funding for domestic violence centers across California during the summer budget impasse.

State Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, drafted a plan to restore most funds to domestic violence centers statewide.

The bill was crushed by California Senate Republicans earlier this month.

“The hope with the Legislature was to keep the doors open,” Smyth said. “We knew that at least six shelters across the state have closed.”

Smyth will be asking his colleagues to step up and pass a bill restoring funding for domestic violence centers when the Assembly reconvenes at a special session scheduled for the second full week of October. Smyth said the bill will be back on the floor during the session.

“In talking with some of my colleagues in the Senate, we can get the bill heard and we can get it passed,” Smyth said.    


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