Pima County grants funding increase to Emerge shelter

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Emerge Center against Domestic Abuse was in desperate need of monetary assistance.

The busy Tucson based shelter called on the Pima County Board of Supervisors to lend a helping hand.

The projected fiscal year 2011-2012 funding for Emerge seemed to disappear.  They were expected to lose more than $231,000 in grants from the city, state, and the federal government.

"The last 18 months or so at least 2 years maybe, we've been experiencing about a million dollars in budget cuts," said Emerge CEO Sarah Jones.

Sarah Jones sent a letter to the county supervisors asking for a one time increase in support.

"The county made sense because a lot of the people that we serve do not live in the City of Tucson. The county has a lot of history of really ensuring public safety," said Jones.

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry reviewed the request and recommended over a $100,000 in funding.

It was a unanimous vote Tuesday morning.  All five supervisors approved it.

"It should've been unanimous for the reason that domestic violence affects all districts," said Dist. 4 County Supervisor Ray Carroll.

"Luckily the county was able to be there and stand up for those women and children and keep those shelters operating," said Dist. 5 County Supervisor Richard Elias.

With the funds and support of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, Emerge can continue its work with adults and children.

"I was really proud of them.  I mean I am pleased, I'm so grateful," said Jones.  "You know, it's so important.  Every dollar that we get we actually put to really good use."

Emerge says, they are in the process of working on diversifying their revenue streams to offset the grants that have been loss due to budget cuts.