Alexandra House Notified of Funding Elimination
Alexandra House is 1 of 16 Domestic Violence Agencies Notified of Funding Elimination by Greater Twin Cities United Way
Blaine, MN, 5/17/17– Since 1977, Alexandra House has provided support, comfort, shelter, and hope to families – and created safer communities for all. Alexandra House fulfills a critical role in our communities by helping reduce violent outcomes of police calls and providing the compassionate, emotional support to victims in hospitals and clinics. But this critical work is not possible without the financial contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, government contracts, and until recently, community engagement grants – like those given by the Greater Twin Cities United Way. On April 14, the Greater Twin Cities United Way announced it was facing a $6 million shortfall in donations available for their Partner Agency grants. In dealing with those reductions, the United Way – historically, a key partner to domestic violence programs – chose to eliminate the entirety of their “Safety from Family Violence” funding, totaling $4.5 million. These cuts have left domestic violence programs stunned.
This is a tremendous blow to Alexandra House, which will lose $238,000 annually. The unexpected elimination of funding comes at a time when our services are increasingly in demand and we are already struggling to meet that need. While it will not be fatal, it will still present challenges as it compromises our ability to meet the existing and increasing need and could have dire effects on the communities we serve.
With only 10-weeks’ notice, it is difficult to envision the full impact of this revenue loss and what structural changes will need to be made to best serve our community and survivors with fewer resources. Alexandra House is facing tough decisions and may ultimately be forced to lay off staff and eliminate programming; resulting in reduced services to domestic violence victims and their families. A reduction in staff, services, and resources rips away safety, comfort, and security for people fleeing violent homes.
Alexandra House is working to promote safety from family violence and understands that when basic needs – like safety – are met consistently, children are ready for school and adults are ready to work. Children are ready for school when they are well-rested, well-fed, warm and safe from physical and emotional harm. Parents can focus on employment and reach their full potential when they have safe, secure housing, food for themselves and their children, accessible healthcare and community support. Alexandra House helps victims access these basic needs while providing life-saving programming.
Alexandra House strives to maintain a diverse funding stream and United Way was an important and reliable piece of our funding. “Alexandra House has weathered setbacks and funding cuts before, however, we must make it clear to the communities we serve what effect cuts like this one will have on Alexandra House, victims and their families, and — indeed, on all of the communities we serve”, said Connie Moore, Executive Director of Alexandra House.
As the Greater Twin Cities United Way steps back, we are asking others to step up. We believe community needs require community solutions to advance the common good. Alexandra House needs the support of individuals, organizations, and businesses to replace this $238,000 (annually) so we can continue our critical work to ensure victims of domestic and sexual abuse can find their safety net and begin to thrive. Here are two ways our community can help:
- Donate to Alexandra House;
- Share this information with your network of family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers.
Media Related to Greater Twin Cities United Way Funding Elimination for Domestic Violence Programs:
- April 7, 2017 – Greater Twin Cities United Way confronts shift in giving, Star Tribune
- April 14, 2017 – With $6 million shortfall, United Way alerts nonprofits they’ll be getting less, Star Tribune
- April 14, 2017 – United Way faces $6 million shortfall for some programs, MPR
- April 29, 2017 – Greater Twin Cities United Way cuts its family violence program, Star Tribune
- May 19, 2017 – Greater Twin Cities United Way cuts funding to domestic violence programs, KARE 11