Hailey safe house to
The Advocates takes
Croy Street cottage
a little overwhelmed right now. The more people hear about us, the more we’re
BONNER, The Advocates’
client services manager
Express Staff Writer
shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse is expanding its
operations, in part to accommodate a surge in the number of clients using its
and Zoning commissioners on Dec. 3 unanimously voted to grant permission to the
nonprofit group The Advocates to utilize a cottage at 112 Croy St. as an office
building, counseling center and shelter.
is technically called The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence—purchased
the cottage to expand its operations. The group since December 1999 has based
its operations and services in a five-bedroom, four-bathroom house on an
adjacent Croy Street property.
The group has
used its facility to offer a long list of services to female victims of domestic
violence and their children. The primary service provided is the provision of
shelter and counseling to victims, but the organization also offers counseling
and educational programs to the general public.
compiled by The Advocates noted that the organization typically provides
services to more than 300 women and 100 children each year. In 2001, 53 women
stayed in the shelter for a total of 963 nights, and 41 children were sheltered
with their mothers for a total of 858 nights.
of the organization told P&Z commissioners they plan to base their
administrative offices and community-education programs in the Croy Street
cottage. In addition, the organization would use the cottage as a supplementary
shelter that would be reserved for a mother with male children older than 13.
Families with older male children are not typically mixed with other victims at
The cottage is
located in the city’s General Residential district. The zoning allows safe
houses and certain other semi-public uses with the issuance of a city
Conditional Use Permit.
representative Debra Kronenberg told commissioners that the organization has
housed 153 women and 130 children since December 1999. She noted that the
existing facility has never been filled to its nightly capacity of 20 people,
but the organization in the last year has declined shelter to eight families
with adolescent male children because no separate housing facility was
executive director of The Advocates, said that by relocating its support group
meetings and educational programs to the 122 Croy Street location, the
organization would be able to better maintain the confidentiality of its clients
residing in the shelter.
Two letters from
residents of West Croy Street were submitted to the P&Z in response to the
nonprofit’s application to expand its operations.
residents Patrick and Karen Simpson said they objected to the plan, primarily
because the existing facility maintained by The Advocates generated too much
noise. They said "children are allowed to scream at the top of their
lungs" and "dogs are allowed to bark all night."
West Croy Street
resident Tim East said he did not object to the proposal if certain conditions
governed the operations.
acted quickly to approve the application, noting that they believed the services
provided a significant benefit to the community.
use of the services and facilities offered by The Advocates is on the rise. The
organization reports that use of its shelter this year has increased 29 percent
over 2001. The total number of clients served by the organization increased by a
The Advocates’ client services manager, said much of the increase is due to
more awareness of the organization’s existence on the part of the local
Hispanic population. She said domestic abuse is no more prevalent among that
group than others, but that Hispanic women have been reluctant to make use of
the Advocates’ services. She said the number of Hispanic clients has
particularly increased since the hiring of a Peruvian woman, trained as a
little overwhelmed right now," Bonner said. "The more people hear
about us, the more we’re used."