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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Caring Unlimited - York County's Domestic Violence Program - will kick off their awareness campaign this month with the grand opening of their new transitional housing and resource center in Sanford. The nonprofit organization has rehabilitated a former nursing home into 11 apartments, ranging from one to three-bedrooms. The on-site center will provide services to both transitional residents and hundreds more nonresidents who are seeking to escape violent homes. The organization offers a 24-hour hot line, legal services, support groups, a teen dating violence and prevention group, community education and a volunteer program. Off campus, they provide an emergency shelter and transitional housing. Last year, Caring Unlimited helped 2,298 victims of domestic violence.
Safe and affordable housing is critical in achieving future safety and security for families seeking to escape domestic violence. But without time to save for York County's costly housing market, women seeking safety for themselves and their children often face poverty and homelessness. As a result, many must return to abusive, but financially stable, relationships. A recent study reveals that 44% of cities surveyed by the Conference of Mayors identified domestic violence as a primary cause of homelessness.
HUD's Continuum of Care Supportive Housing Program, with matching funds from the Maine State Housing Authority, provided funding for Caring Unlimited's (http://www.caring-unlimited.org/) new domestic violence center.
Content Archived: March 21, 2011