Pittsburgh, Pa. − June 13, 2019 − Senator Lindsey M. Williams announced today that the Alle-Kiski Area HOPE Center has been awarded grants in two Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding programs through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).

These grants, which fall under the PA Victims’ Services Advisory Committee (VSAC), can be used to provide direct services to victims of crime, including responding to their emotional and physical needs, assist them with stabilizing their lives after a crime, and providing them with physical safety and security.

The Alle-Kiski HOPE Center provides temporary shelter, support, and legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and their children. The Center seeks to offer these supportive services and opportunities for healing to victims while working to end domestic violence and abuse. They also provide community outreach programs for schools, businesses, and other organizations on how to talk about, recognize, and report domestic abuse.

“The effects of domestic abuse are insidious and far-reaching,” said Senator Williams. “The Alle-Kiski HOPE Center provides women and children a safe place to rest, recover, and regroup so that they can begin to take the next steps in rebuilding their lives. This funding will help the Center continue its mission of helping these families heal and rebuild after being victims of a crime.”

The Center was awarded $290,757 through the VSAC 2019-2021 VOCA Funding – Competitive #1 and $556,150 through the VSAC 2019-2021 VOCA Funding – Noncompetitive Extension.