September 19, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding to Support Transitional Housing Program in Charleston

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced that the Young Women’s Christian Association of Charleston will receive $345,858 from the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) Office on Violence Against Women for the Transitional Housing Grant Program. This funding will be used to provide housing and supportive services, including safety planning, case management, counseling, adult and children’s support groups, life skills, legal and court advocacy, and transportation and housing advocacy.

The Transitional Housing Grant Assistance Program aims to provide needed aid to individuals who are homeless or in need of housing assistance and are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. The program’s goal is to deliver flexible support to victims, including transitional housing services. The victim-centered approach that the program has adopted allows victims to select the course of action that suits their individual needs. The YWCA of Wheeling will use these funds to provide housing and supportive services to help victims shift from transitional to permanent housing.

“Fighting for victims of violence is such an important priority for West Virginians,” Senator Manchin said. “The Violence Against Women Act helps ensure the safety of women who are suffering from inexcusable acts of violence. This grant gives hope and protection to women and children, and I will continue fighting for more funding and opportunities to reach even further in our work to protect those who need it most."

“Anyone who has suffered from domestic violence or sexual assault deserves access to resources that will keep them safe and help them heal,” Senator Capito said. “This particular grant will help victims during their recovery process by providing housing opportunities that will put them back on track to lead successful lives. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I have strongly advocated for funding like this so organizations like the YWCA in Charleston can continue helping victims in need by offering critical services like this.”

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