As you may be aware, President Trump unveiled his proposed federal budget recently. Buried amongst the cuts to programs and social safety net services geared towards supporting America’s most vulnerable citizens are cuts to the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Family Violence Prevention Services Act (FVPSA), and the Rape Prevention and Education Program (RPE) funding. Next Door Solutions receives significant federal and state grants that are entirely funded by VOCA and VAWA – which, if eliminated or reduced, equates to serving less victims and their children and a reduction in, often, life-saving services.
The proposed VOCA budget contains significant provisions, and if adopted, will have major long-term adverse implication to VOCA funded programs. While the VOCA budget initially calls for an increase to fund VAWA programs – the VAWA budget is being decreased beyond the infusion of VOCA funds. Collectively, funding that provides services for victims of crime, including domestic violence, intimate partner violence, rape, child abuse, and stalking, will all be reduced.
Nearly 98% of Next Door Solutions’ clients are of low-income or less. In addition to potential impacts to being able to access critical services, the new budget will also impact other areas of their and their children’s lives through reductions to nutritional programs for children and the elderly, Medicaid, and SSI, and eliminates funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC; legal aid).
We ask you today to take action in two forms. First, contact your federal representatives and urge them to not allow these drastic cuts to essential services that assist survivors and their children. And secondly, support Next Door Solutions with a donation that will help ensure we are able to continue to respond to the needs of our clients.
Thank you for your consideration of our plea.