Chez Hope director clarifies funding

Chez Hope Executive Director Sami Riley responded this morning to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.

The department announced funding of $273,561 for Chez Hope.

“Chez Hope is pleased to receive funding through DCFS another year,” Riley said. “The DCFS funding is essential in the operations of the emergency shelter program of the agency and funds 55 percent of the total agency’s budget.”

Riley noted that the press release that did not mention the amount Chez Hope was receiving prior to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s mid-year reductions to all domestic violence programs.

“Chez Hope was initially awarded $325,000 for the 2012-13 fiscal year that begun on July 1, 2012,” Riley said. “With the mid-year cut, Chez Hope’s budget was reduced to $273,461. A $51,539 cut for the agency. Chez Hope was hoping with the current year’s award, they would recoup the $51,539 reduction. Unfortunately that did not happen.”

Chez Hope’s board of director’s and Riley will be meeting this week to discuss and plan how the agency will cope with the continued budget reductions. “We do want to assure the community that they are continually committed in providing optimum services to survivors of domestic violence in St. Mary Parish and will make every effort to absorb the cuts without compromising services,” Riley said. “Chez Hope does rely on the community to provide the much needed monetary donations and support of all fund-raising efforts throughout the year.”

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