New Federal Grants to Help Survivors of Domestic Abuse
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced two grants in mid Michigan to help survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
The department made a grant of $625,000 to the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The Council is located in Midland and the grant from the department’s Transitional Housing Program will help the organization provide temporary, safe housing for survivors of domestic violence in mid Michigan.
The department also made a grant of $309,199 to the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe to provide support for any adults or children who are the victims of sexual assault. The grant was made by the department’s Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program and will help victims with services including intervention, advocacy, and accompanying victims to court.
"Whether it’s providing victims with secure, temporary housing while they begin a new chapter of their lives or providing support for them when they face their abuser in court, this funding will make a meaningful difference in the lives of survivors of domestic and sexual abuse in mid Michigan,” said Congressman John Moolenaar.
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Moolenaar voted for legislation last December that funded the Justice Department and its grant programs that help survivors of domestic violence. Additionally, during his time in office, Congressman Moolenaar has met with leaders from local government, law enforcement, and community organizations about the issue of domestic abuse in mid and northern Michigan.