Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $638,642)
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.
With an award under Purpose Area 2: Coordination and Expansion of Existing Victim Service Program, the Tolowa Dee-ni Nation will establish services for elder and vulnerable adult victims outside of domestic violence and sexual abuse crimes. Funding will support several activities including: project development in the first six months; a feasibility and needs survey; hiring of a Project Specialist; contracts related to legal advice and behavioral health counseling; training and professional development; leasing a modular building for these victims to seek assistance in a confidential setting; direct assistance to victims such as emergency housing, medical or behavioral health services, transportation to medical or court appointments, and repairs or replacements due to victimization.