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Action Alert: Organizational Sign-on Letter to Congress

As domestic violence and sexual assault programs and community-based organizations adjust to new service provision, many programs are experiencing an increase in requests for services. Simultaneously, many programs are facing a decrease in donations due to widespread economic fears. As Congress negotiates a phase four COVID-19 supplemental appropriations package, the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) is leading an organizational sign-on letter to encourage Congress to provide vital resources to domestic violence and sexual assault programs and to the survivors they serve. The following is a summary of the NTF’s funding and policy requests for the phase four package:

  • Department of Justice:
    • $100 million in emergency funding for the Sexual Assault Services Program (OVW) to assist rape crisis centers in transitioning to virtual services and meeting the emergency needs of survivors;
    • $225 million in emergency VAWA funding (OVW) to be distributed to the states and territories for victims services with funding streams for tribes and culturally specific services;
    • $10 million for Outreach to Underserved Populations (OVW).
    • $40 million for the Transitional Housing Program (OVW);
    • Waive the match requirement and enact legislation to increase deposits for the Victims of Crime Act Crime Victims Fund (OVC);
  • Department of Health and Human Services: 
    • $100 million for the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) and waive the match requirement;
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development:
    • $100 million for HUD Continuum of Care Domestic Violence Bonus to provide specialized housing for survivors in the housing/homelessness system and waive the match requirement; 
    • $20 million in tenant protection voucher assistance for rental assistance on behalf of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking eligible for assistance under 34 U.S.C. § 12491(e).
  • Economic supports for survivors:
    • Provide paid leave that covers as many workers as possible and includes safe leave for survivors;
    • Ensure that survivors, who need to separate from employment because of the threat that accompanies social distancing, have the option to quit their jobs and seek unemployment insurance even if paid leave, telework, or work from home are available to them; and
  • Immigrant rights across agencies: 
    • Ensure immigrants have access to health, safety, and stability, including access to testing and treatment, and restricting immigration enforcement.

To sign onto this letter, please click HERE by COB on Friday, April 17. This letter is for national/state/local organizations only; individual sign-ons will not be accepted. Instead, individuals are encouraged to contact their Members of Congress to ask them to support vital funding for domestic violence and sexual assault programs and the survivors they serve.

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Graber (rgraber@ncadv.org), Monica McLaughlin (mmclaughlin@nnedv.org), and Terri Poore (terri@endsexualviolence.org).

Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at 9:31 AM
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