BY COUNCILOR NESS:
WHEREAS, the active members of Duluth's community have been internationally renowned for Duluth's programs and facilities to eliminate domestic violence; and
WHEREAS, Safe Haven shelter for battered women operates in Duluth an internationally known program and shelter facility in aid of victims of domestic violence; and
WHEREAS, the Duluth police and prosecutors work with Safe Haven shelter for battered women to achieve the same goals; and
WHEREAS, there is a need to continue and increase efforts in this area; and
WHEREAS, Safe Haven shelter for battered women will apply to the U.S. department of justice for a grant to establish a more efficient and functional, one-stop system of delivering assistance to victims of domestic violence;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Duluth City Council that it endorses and supports the efforts of Safe Haven shelter for battered women, and urges that it be awarded the grant it seeks in order to improve service delivery to victims of domestic violence.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the council urges the city administration, our state of Minnesota officials, and our elected members of Congress to assist Safe Haven shelter for battered women in securing the needed grant for which it applies.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the clerk shall deliver a copy of this resolution to Senators Coleman and Dayton and Congressman Oberstar.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The federal government is issuing 12 large grants to 12 communities in the United States in order to streamline and improve service delivery. The Duluth domestic violence programs are experienced and able, and we urge assistance in helping them secure the grant.