YWCA receives federal housing grant

The YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County has been awarded nearly $450,000 in federal funding to provide transitional housing for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The $444,690 grant was allocated through the U.S. Department of Justice Transitional Housing Grant Assistance Program. The funding will assist the YWCA and Monroe County, with partners Willow Domestic Violence Center, Rochester Police Department, Rochester Housing Authority and the Rochester Monroe County Homeless Continuum of Care to relocate 90 survivors and their families to safe, private housing units across the Rochester and Finger Lakes region.

“Domestic and dating violence is never acceptable and we must do everything we can to both prevent it in the first place and take care of those who are victimized by it,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said in a statement. “Fortunately there are organizations like YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County dedicated to finding and providing safe housing for victims of these horrific crimes and their families.”

The DOJ’s Transitional Housing Grant Assistance program supports survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and their families by funding organizations that provide holistic and survivor-centered short-term or temporary housing with the goal of transitioning survivors and their families to permanent housing. Additionally, the program funds a range of support services ranging from rental and utility assistance to case management and childcare.

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