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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)


On February 13, 2018, President Trump released his 2019 budget which proposes the elimination of Community Development Block Grants.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), is a revenue stream from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG offers a flexible source of funds to local communities used to improve their living environment.

The CDBG helps support Safe Horizon’s Court Programs, as well as our 24-hour Hotlines.

For many survivors of violence, the journey to safety and healing starts with a simple but life-changing phone call to one of our specialized hotlines. Safe Horizon’s Hotline advocates offer personalized, non-judgmental support as they talk with survivors about their safety, provide information about resources in the community, and connect survivors to our programs and services.

In 2017:

  • Our Court Programs assisted 6,878 survivors of crime and abuse.
  • Our Hotline staff answered 97,228 calls from people in crisis providing life-saving services 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Proposed cuts to the CDBG could mean cutting services to help survivors like Johane who called our hotline and Fernando who found safety at our Family Court Program.

Johane’s Story

I knew that it was okay that I needed help and support. It was scary, but I am happy that I knew Safe Horizon was out there to assist me.” – Johane, domestic violence survivor. Read Johane’s Story.

Fernando’s Story


Fernando spent seven years sharing a home with his abusive partner. He was unsure of how he could live without fear until he found Safe Horizon. Read Fernando’s Story