VOCA Emergency Fund Program
Effective January 16, 2017 | Contact Mandee McLane, Emergency Fund Program Manager, at 303-861-1160 with questions or to receive a copy of the Emergency Fund Application. You may also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
COVA has partnered with the Division of Criminal Justice, Office for Victims Programs (DCJ OVP) to launch of the new VOCA Emergency Fund on January 16th. This program is intended to make life easier for crime victims in Colorado and for the advocates who work so tirelessly on their behalf. If you have any questions or need help submitting an application, please contact us!
Nuts & Bolts
Some of the most important things to remember about the VOCA Emergency Fund are:
- Emergency fund applications MUST BE submitted to COVA by a crime victim advocate on the behalf of a crime victim. We will not accept applications directly from crime victims/survivors or from agencies whose primary function is something other than serving victims of crime (i.e. homeless shelters, therapists, substance abuse programs, etc).
- Applications must be filled out COMPLETELY and CORRECTLY.
- Every crime victim/survivor is unique and decisions on applications will be made on a case-by-case basis.
- The financial need must have a connection to a recent crime victimization or a recent emergency connected to a crime victimization (ex. perpetrator is being released from jail or prison and there are needs related to safety concerns). Crimes do not have to have been reported to law enforcement.
- Expenses must be reasonable and limitations will be set on a case-by-case basis.
- COVA will not pay for past due bills that pre-date the crime victimization. We also cannot pay for security deposits or mortgage payments.
- No itemized receipts - no reimbursement. In most cases, COVA can pay vendors (landlords, utility companies, airlines, etc) directly. Sometimes, advocacy agencies will need to purchase items for their clients and be reimbursed by COVA. It is best to submit an application to COVA and have it approved prior to purchasing items. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee that your program will be reimbursed. We also must receive itemized receipts in order to reimburse your program!
- This is a fund of last resort. COVA will not pay for needs that can be met through other sources, such as Victim Compensation.
What will the VOCA Emergency Fund pay for?
The list below shows some of the most common expenses that will be paid by the VOCA Emergency Fund. If you are an advocate and a crime victim needs something that is not on this list, please call COVA at 303-861-1160 and run the situation by us.
Emergency Fund Webinar Slides
If you missed the webinar hosted by the Division of Criminal Justice, you can now view the slides below.