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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