Nelson Dollar (919) 715-0795 Nelson.Dollar@ncleg.net
Justin Burr (919) 733-5908 Justin.Burr@ncleg.net
Bryan Holloway (919) 733-5609 Bryan.Holloway@ncleg.net
Linda Johnson (919) 733-5861 Linda.Johnson2@ncleg.net
Susan Fisher (919) 715-2013 Susan.Fisher@ncleg.net
* The NC Senate’s budget elimination of funding for displaced homemaker programs will have a devastating impact on the ability of the YW’s New Choices Program and 34 other programs across NC to provide services that help participants get reintegrated into our economy.
* Last year, 5,790 individuals received training through NC’s Displaced Homemaker Programs. That training helped them learn job skills, achieve financial literacy, and work toward community college certification, all skills necessary to move them from dependence to independence. They include the persistently underemployed, a category where NC has the sad distinction of ranking fourth in the nation.
* The Senate’s budget redirects monies from Divorce Filing Fees, which has funded Displaced Homemaker Programs, to the Domestic Violence Fund. The new legislation does not require workforce development services be provided by domestic violence programs.
* 35 Existing Displaced Homemaker programs will be eliminated
* Unemployed and dislocated workers will have far fewer workforce development programs to help them access the skills and support needed to reenter the workforce
* Domestic violence services, while very important, are targeted to victim assistance and awareness programs
* By definition, not all displaced homemakers are domestic violence victims, thus many “displaced homemakers” will lose vital workforce development services with the elimination of DH programs.