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Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC) Provides Asian Immigrant Victims of Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence With Critically Needed Transitional Housing Services 

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce DOJ Grant for KAFSC to Provide Eight At-Risk Families With Housing & Other Supportive Services 

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $350,000 in federal Department of Justice (DOJ) funding for Korean American Family Service Center through the FY15 Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking (Transitional Housing Assistance) Program. Specifically, the funding will help improve the quality of life for Korean American and Asian Immigrant victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking by providing them with transitional housing options and other supportive services.                                            

“We must do everything we can to protect victims from domestic violence, and this funding for the Korean American Family Service Center will support the needs of these victims,” said Schumer.“I am pleased that such an important investment in Queens is being made and that this program will provide more support and assistance to victims of sexual violence to reestablish themselves.”

“This critical federal funding will help Korean American Family Service Center develop and facilitate a wide range of programs to better assist domestic violence survivors,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Domestic violence is still a serious problem and we need to work towards creating a safe environment for individuals and families.  Providing access to housing helps survivors gain independence, stability and self-sufficiency as they move forward with their lives.

KAFSC serves victims of sexual, domestic, or dating violence and/or stalking who are in need of housing assistance. Primarily focused in Queens, where 67% of Koreans live, KAFSC supports this large yet underserved population of New Yorkers. This project will allow for the partnership of KAFSC with Chinatown Manpower Project (CMP) and Her Justice to create culturally appropriate housing services.

Schumer and Gillibrand today announced federal funding that will help improve the quality of life for Korean American and Asian Immigrants of the Tri-State area. Specifically, this funding will go towards aiding eight low-income women and their families for a minimum of six to a maximum of 24 months by providing victim-centered transitional housing options and supportive services that help individuals move to permanent housing.

The Department of Justice’s Transitional Housing Assistance Program awards grants to states, units of local government, Indian tribes, and other organizations with a documented history of effective work concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.