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JWF Monthly Advocacy Issues Update

Dear JWF Trustees and Friends:  

We are pleased to share the Advocacy Committee's December update highlighting our grantees and issues impacting Jewish women and girls. 
 
We learned late last week that the IL Department of Human Services Secretary Dimas has NOT obligated General Revenue Funding (GRF) through the
Stop Gap Budget to Domestic Violence (DV) Victim Services for State Fiscal Year 2017, even though domestic violence providers across the state have signed contracts with the IL Department of Human Services.

Yesterday during the Illinois Partners for Human Service (IPHS) call, Greg Cox, government liaison for IPHS, reports that both the Democrats and the Governor's office are saying agencies that have contracts through June 30, 
2017 will get paid at some point, but no indication given as to when that will occur.

We need your help in advocating that 1)DV
 funding be obligated in the existing Stop Gap and 2) that our funding be included in any future budget measures for FY17.

Call your legislators and the Office of the Governor and ask them to OBLIGATE Domestic Violence Victim Services General Revenue Funding (GRF) through the Stop Gap Budget and ensure that our dedicated line item of 18 million is included in any future budget measures for FY17.

 
Call Representative Harris and Senator Heather Steans, both of whom helped negotiate the
Stop Gap Budget, and ask that they call the Office of the Governor with the same message: obligate Domestic Violence Victim Services GRF through the Stop Gap Budget and ensure that our dedicated line item of 18 million is included in any future budget measures for FY17.
 

Calls are better than e-mails but if you choose to do both, download a sample template here.
 
What do I say?

  • Vital services for victims of domestic violence are at risk of reduction and elimination if the Domestic Violence Victim Services GRF funding is not obligated now as well as included in any future budget measures for FY17
  • The IL Department of Human Services has signed contracts with Domestic Violence Providers across the state and has given no notice that these contracts would not be paid through the Stop Gap Budget
  • Without these services, families will not be safe and will face continued trauma and homelessness

As always, please feel free to pass along any information you think we should share with our Trustees.

Fondly,
Sue 
Rifas, Advocacy Committee Chair
Sara Kalish, Senior Program Officer 

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