Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - ARRA Grants Awarded to Combat Violence

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 17, 2009

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AWARDS RECOVERY ACT GRANTS TO SUPPORT COLORADO TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM COMBATING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
$500,000 to Support Program in Fort Collins, CO

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder today announced that $500,000 in Recovery Act funds was awarded to a Colorado organization by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Recovery Act Transitional Housing Program. The funds are being awarded to Crossroads Safehouse in Fort Collins, CO.

"The most vulnerable in our society too often bear the greatest burden in times of economic hardship, which is why dedicating these funds to help survivors and their families get back on their feet is a concrete example of the Recovery Act at work," said Attorney General Holder. "Providing viable temporary housing options and services that promote self-sufficiency are critical and proven steps toward violence-free lives."


The Department of Justice is awarding $500,000 to Crossroads Safehouse to expand its Housing Opportunity and Mentoring Enrichment (HOME) Project. The funds will be used to open 10 additional units of transitional housing for victims and create a holistic, bilingual victim-centered program though collaboration with 22 community organizations to support survivors in their self-sufficiency goals. The project will also improve the accessibility of Crossroads' HOME Program for clients with disabilities, help relieve financial burdens for all current residents of the program and build employment stabilization and economic growth into all aspects of this program.

The landmark American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, signed into law by President Obama, provides the Justice Department's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) with $43 million for the Transitional Housing Assistance Program to provide holistic, victim-centered support services that move individuals into permanent housing.

Transitional housing programs meet the goals of the Recovery Act through employing victim advocates and other personnel to assist victims, renovating housing for victims, offering additional housing units, and increasing job opportunities for victims through training, education and other support services. The award period for these grants is 24-36 months.

OVW, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides leadership in developing the nation's capacity to reduce violence against women through the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and subsequent legislation. Created in 1995, OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities across the country that are developing programs, policies and practices aimed at ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

More information is available at www.ovw.usdoj.gov.