ACLU settles suit over grants for domestic violence programs

By – Associated Press – Thursday, March 14, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The has settled a federal lawsuit against the city of over the withholding of grants from a nonprofit that helps domestic violence victims.

The ’s Rhode Island chapter said Thursday that under a consent order, agreed to withdraw its suspension of Sojourner House from participating in the city’s grant program and pay $35,000 in grant funds that were awarded but withheld.

The city didn’t acknowledge liability. A message for comment was left with city attorneys.

The says the funding was withheld based on “inaccurate and irrelevant claims,” including property code violations Sojourner House worked to correct, and the nonprofit couldn’t formally challenge it.

The says indefinitely suspended Sojourner House from the grant programs in retaliation for it asking other government agencies to intervene.

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