The plans for opening Alice’s Place, the proposed women’s shelter for battered or abused women and their children, were progressing but have recently reached a standstill as those concerned wait to hear news about government funding.
Dr. Kenneth Oglivie, Founder of Alice’s Place, explained that the group applied for a state funded grant that would be used for staffing the facility. The grant, which funds domestic violence programs, had given out approximately $3.8 million to programs in Arizona in recent years, but because of new budgeting only awarded $1.8 million this year. “They had to stop funding old programs, so they don’t want to add new ones,” Oglivie explained.
In order to purchase the building that has been found and do the necessary remodeling, Alice’s Place has recently applied for state housing grants. Oglivie said news about state funding should come around October 31. The current property owner does not want the location to be announced because of a business still functioning on the site. If the money is awarded, an announcement will then be made about the location.
Oglivie estimated over $700,000 needed to buy, remodel and put in a kitchen before the proposed building can start functioning as the shelter. He also estimated between 20 and 39 families could be housed in the proposed building if it is acquired.
He did add that “if the funding falls through, then the whole deal will collapse.”
Alice’s Place has received various pledges from the community that will go into effect if the building is acquired.
$57,000 in service pledges were made to the facility once a location is established. People of various occupations have promised their services to get the shelter started.
Oglivie said that a large number of people call to ask how they can help, but are informed that nothing can be done until a building is acquired.
The shelter has also received matching grants from various organizations around Winslow. Winslow Campus of Care has given a $1,000 matching grant to establish a kids’ center in the shelter.
Alice’s Place has also received two pledges, totaling $20,000, for operational costs once the facility is opened. One of those pledges will only be awarded if a building is acquired by the end of the year.
People needing temporary shelter to escape domestic violence, can contact Suzy Miller at the Winslow Police Department. People who would like to donate quarters as a temporary shelter can also contact Miller.