Despite New Construction, Women’s Coalition Still Struggling

People on St. Croix have seen some major improvements, growth and development at the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix but the nonprofit agency that serves crime victims is still struggling financially.

Two federal grants recently helped the agency to pave the parking lot of its crisis center at 45 Fisher Street, Christiansted, and to demolish the old crisis center on East Street that was destroyed in a fire in 2011. Both projects, paid for by federal Community Development Block Grant funds and allocated by the V.I. Housing Finance Authority, were finished in August.

Executive Director Clema Lewis said the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix "is grateful to VIHFA and CDBG for their continued support of our building projects.”

“Due to stringent stipulations in the grant, this money cannot be used to cover general operating expenses,” Lewis continued in the statement released from the coalition. “As a result of these building improvements, it may appear that the Women’s Coalition is no longer suffering from the financial constraints due to outstanding government funding. However, the agency is still encountering fiscal shortfalls in meeting operating costs." For more information in how you can help the Women’s Coalition, please contact the main office at 773-9272.

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