Short-term funding for domestic violence services in Adams County is in place through Sept. 30 while a long-term provider is still being sought, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) announced Friday.
A new domestic violence hotline number for Adams County may be in place as early as next week, Julie Bancroft, PCADV spokesperson, said.
In the meantime, people needing services should contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or Hotline.org, and those experiencing an emergency should call 9-1-1, she said.
Survivors Inc., which has provided a shelter and other services in Gettysburg for more than 30 years, closed Friday. Its facilities were shuttered and its affairs placed under the jurisdiction of a bankruptcy trustee, former Survivors board member Alex Hayes said. He is also managing editor of the Gettysburg Times.
Survivors lost its funding after PCADV cited fiscal concerns that predated this year’s inauguration of a new Survivors board, according to officials of the organizations. Survivors’ former executive director recently resigned from PCADV’s board, Bancroft said earlier this week.
On June 12, Survivors notified PCADV it “could not meet the payroll obligations for work already completed. PCADV is grateful to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for providing the funds necessary to compensate Survivors Inc.’s staff through June 28,” according to PCADV’s release.
The YWCA York-Victim Assistance Center will provide support services for victims of sexual harassment, abuse, and assault who live in Adams County, according to a release on the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) website.
“YWCA York will provide services on an interim basis until a long-term provider in Adams County is identified,” PCAR’s release reads.
Those seeking help in Adams County can call 1-888-772-PCAR for assistance or visit www.pcar.org for more information, according to PCAR.
“PCADV will release a request for proposals (RFP) for a long-term provider of domestic violence services in Adams County to assume services effective Oct. 1, 2019 or sooner. This plan will ensure continuous services are available Adams County residents who are experiencing domestic violence,” according to the release.
The RFP will be for “core services,” Bancroft said. Those include shelter, counseling, a hotline, education about options in the legal system, and more, she said.
“The goal will be to have an actual shelter” or “some emergency housing,” Bancroft said.
Various models of providing shelter are possible and are in use elsewhere across the state, she said.
Possibilities include opening a new shelter, using an existing space, providing money for hotel stays, or a combination of those and other options, Bancroft said.
Through Sept. 30, “PCADV is stepping in to take over services for Survivors.”
PCADV “will bring onto payroll, as temporary employees, three existing shelter staff and four staff from the Claudia McCarthy Legal Center. Staff will continue to provide arrangements for emergency housing, emergency hotline, legal services including assistance in filing for protection from abuse (PFA) orders, and supportive services. All Survivors Inc. staff will operate out of the Claudia McCarthy Legal Center” at 18 Carlisle St. in Gettysburg, according to the release.
Legal representation will not be included in the upcoming RFP, but could potentially be rolled into one in the future, she said.
PCADV is the state contractor for domestic violence services, and with state and federal pass-through dollars, partially funds, as subrecipients, 59 nonprofit domestic violence programs across the commonwealth, according the orgnaization’s release.
PCADV does not provide services directly, but “we have a responsibility” to make sure services are available in every county, Bancroft said.