SLO County is hoping to snag some extra funds to help better serve victims of crime.
The SLO County Board of Supervisors gave the all clear to move forward with an application for a $336,874 grant from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, which would be used to fill gaps in SLO County’s Victims and Witness Services division.
The division, which is run under the auspices of the SLO County District Attorney’s Office, provides a wide range of support services for victims of crime ranging from assault and domestic abuse, to rape and even homicide, and their families. According to a report from county staff, the money from the grant would be sub-awarded to several local nonprofit organizations that the victims services department frequently works with, including the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo and LINK Family Resource Center, the United Way of San Luis Obispo, and the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education.
The grant funds, as well as an additional $84,219 in matching funds, would be used to hire four part-time victim resource specialists, who will work with the organizations to support victims and connect them with needed support services. The county’s victims services division would also use some of the finds to manage the grant, hire another victim resource specialist, and to oversee a student intern program in partnership with Cal Poly.