We are educating Members of Congress about the impact COVID-19 is having on communities across our state, and urging them to support survivors and their children with the following actions.
- $100 million supplemental funding for the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) for emergency shelter, alternative housing, and services to domestic violence survivors.
- $40 million for Culturally Specific Services Programs for Survivors of Color to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on survivors from racial and ethnic minority communities.
- $100 million additional Domestic Violence Bonus Funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide dedicated funding for rapid re-housing, transitional housing, and survivor-centered supportive services for domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking survivors.
- Raise the cap on Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds going to the states and waive the match requirement so providers can actually use it. This is a critical need for Washington State.
- $225 million in emergency funding for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for victim services with funding streams for Tribes and culturally specific services.
- $100 million in emergency funding for Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP).
- Protection for immigrant survivors for health and safety with an immigrant-inclusive COVID-19 bill. Restrict immigration enforcement, waive fees and deadlines.