New York State will distribute nearly $24 million in federal funding to domestic violence programs, sexual assault programs, and crisis centers, announced Governor Kathy Hochul on Thursday, March 9.
The funding will help programs “expand on-site COVID testing and vaccination availability, offset fiscal challenges caused by the pandemic, better reach underserved communities, and support the recent uptick in survivors seeking help,” according to a press release from the Governor’s Office.
Programs in the Finger Lakes region are set to receive roughly $2.4 million in funding, with $1.8 million set for Central New York, $1.3 million for the Southern Tier, and $2.8 million for Western New York.
Funding is provided through the federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act and American Rescue Plan. A total of 83 domestic violence programs and centers will receive $16.3 million in funding, and 50 rape crisis centers and sexual assault programs are set to receive a total of $7.6 million in funding.