CAPSA helping domestic violence victims get back on their feet

You might say last Tuesday was an average day at Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse, also known as CAPSA. Each year domestic violence organizations across the country conduct a one day count and Executive Director Jill Anderson says that was done last Tuesday, September 14th at Logan’s CAPSA.She says on that day statistics show 12 women and eight children received emergency shelter, there were 18 women and 42 children in the transitional housing program, 12 women, one man and a child received non-residential services. There were 25 crisis calls that day. Unfortunately, Anderson says two Spanish-speaking clients had to come back the next day because CAPSA’s Spanish-speaking staff was all assisting others. She says domestic violence is always on the rise during an economic downturn. With domestic violence on the rise there has been a huge increase in the number of families seeking shelter and needing housing. For that reason Anderson was delighted to learn the organization would be awarded $344,000 from the federal Recovery Act to help survivors of domestic violence get back on their feet.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Anderson said right now CAPSA is providing what’s called “scattered site housing” where clients find apartments in the community and the clients are helped with a rent and utility subsidy.Anderson also explained that the program isn’t just about temporary housing. “While they’re in that program they work on achieving goals towards building life skills, whether that’s attending Utah State University, or Bridgerland College, or saving for a down payment on a home, or starting a new business,” Anderson said. “They just have to work towards a goal of being self-sufficient once the program ends.”Anderson says construction started Monday on nine transitional homes and land has been purchased for more housing in Hyrum to be built later.

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