Taos walks for suicide awareness

Community Against Violence won a $570,000-dollar grant from the US Department of Justice this month to provide transitional housing services for survivors of domestic violence. Pictured: Supporters of CAV walk in the March for Life in September 2019 to raise awareness of suicide and how to prevent it.

Community Against Violence in Taos has been awarded a $570,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to provide transitional housing services for survivors of domestic violence, according to a press release from the department.

"As we approach Domestic Violence Awareness Month [October], this is welcome news for Northern New Mexico," said John C. Anderson, U.S. attorney for the District of New Mexico.

The funding was awarded through the Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Program.

While CAV operates a shelter, which mostly serves women and children who have been victims of domestic violence, the nonprofit also operated 14 homes around Taos County last year where clients can live for up to two years while saving money through a matching program to help them find permanent housing.

The press release from the DOJ stated that CAV will use the more than half a million dollars to "provide 20 scattered-site residences for 20 survivors and their families in private housing units."

Malinda Williams, executive director at CAV, said the funding will allow for an extension of the transitional housing program for three years.

"It’s a successful program we have with our local collaborative partners: Taos Pueblo, Taos County, DreamTree Project, CYFD Protective Services, Inside/Out Recovery, Heart of Taos, and Rio Grande Alcohol Treatment Program," Williams said.

Families interested in housing services through CAV can contact Celeste Trujillo, client services director, at CelesteT@TaosCAV.org.

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