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Family Justice Center will close at month's end, director says

Published Jul. 25, 2013

TAMPA — Due to a lack of funding, the Family Justice Center of Hillsborough County will close at the end of the month, the organization announced in an email Wednesday.

A one-stop source for domestic violence victims, the center is short about $170,000 it needs to continue operating, said executive director Nikki Daniels.

Opened in 2006 with a $1 million federal grant, the multiple agencies represented at the N Florida Avenue office have assisted more than 11,000 people with everything from legal help to transportation, Daniels said.

In an attempt to cover expenses, the center has held fundraisers, Daniels said. However, money coming in has not been able to make up for a reduction in funding by the Children's Board, which due to a change in guidelines contributed about half the amount this year that it had in year's past, Daniels said.

The Children's Board, which said it has contributed $4.7 million to the Family Justice Center since 2006, met Wednesday with two of the group's subcontractors. In a statement, the board said it plans to directly contract with the Spring and Bay Area Legal Services to continue to meet the needs of domestic violence victims and their children. It also expressed a commitment to work with all of the Family Justice Center's subcontractors to maintain services.