Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $760,442)
OVCs mission is to enhance the nations capacity to assist crime victims and provide leadership in changing policies and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. OVC achieves this mission, in part, by administering award programs supported by the federal Crime Victims Fund (CVF) to develop innovative training and technical assistance, and to provide direct services to improve the overall quality of victim assistance.
The overall goal of the Fiscal Year 2019 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program is to provide support to tribal communities to improve services for victims of crime. Under the solicitation, OVC solicited applications for funding to support a comprehensive range of activities including needs assessment, strategic planning, program development and implementation, program expansion, and other activities needed to address the needs of a wide variety of crime victims in tribal communities.
Under Purpose Area 1: Establishment of a New Victim Service Program, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation requested funding to establish and develop an Adult Protective Services (APS) program to support Tribal elders in vulnerable and abusive situations. Funding will support: 1) hiring a full-time Project Director to manage the project budget and communicate goals, objectives and timelines to staff to ensure that each phase of the project is completed; 2) hiring a full-time Administrative Assistant to support the Project Director; 3) purchasing of an ADA accessible van to safely transport victims to access necessary services such as doctor appointments, meetings and other necessary visits as needed; and 4) providing emergency support services to victims such as emergency home care, fuel, etc.