Governor Kathy Hochul announced more than $6.3 million in federal funding that will allow seven programs in Brooklyn and Manhattan and Albany, Erie and Onondaga counties to expand their anti-gun violence work and increase critical services for victims and families. Administered by the New York State Office of Victim Services, the two-year grants will fund outreach staff to connect with victims and families, crisis responders, licensed social workers and other staff, as well as training, equipment and emergency funding for essential items such as clothing, housing and transportation expenses.
“New York will never waiver in its commitment to ensuring that victims of gun violence and other crimes can access services wherever and whenever they need them,” Governor Hochul said. “We are taking a comprehensive approach to tackling gun violence while also ensuring all New Yorkers, no matter their race or background, are treated with dignity and respect. This funding will allow programs to expand their reach and provide individuals and families with critical help and support, including mental health services to address trauma resulting from long-term exposure to community violence.
Michaelle C. Solages Chair of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, Asian Legislative Caucus stated, “Under the leadership of Governor Kathy Hochul and the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, Asian Legislative Caucus, New York has prioritized utilizing trauma-informed approaches to address rising violence in our neighborhoods. Regardless of when and where violence occurs, prevention policies will enable us to reduce access to illegal firearms and enhance the overall safety of residents. Ensuring continual investments in community-based organizations will help address the root causes of violence, improve health outcomes, and break the cycle of harm in marginalized communities.“