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Safe Horizon Responds to President Trump’s Proposed Budget

March 27, 2017

On March 16th, President Trump released his first budget proposal for fiscal year 2018. This proposal is critical in understanding the Administration’s priorities and establishes a framework for a more detailed budget that will be released in May.

Safe Horizon CEO Ariel Zwang Responds to Trump Budget Proposal

The Trump Administration has repeated countless times that they are committed to the safety of Americans, yet this recent budget proposal could be disastrous for the safety and well-being of survivors of violence and abuse here in New York and all around the country. For example, President Trump’s proposed cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would greatly reduce necessary supports such as affordable housing for victims leaving an abusive relationship. This budget proposal also cuts critical nutrition services (as provided by WIC) that help provide food to low-income women and children. Often after leaving an abusive relationship, victims only have the clothes on their back and this kind of access to food is absolutely life-saving.

Additionally, the proposed reduction of funding to the Department of Justice (DOJ) is alarming. It eliminates the Legal Services Corporation, which provides legal assistance to low-income victims who place their trust in the courts to increase paths to safety.

For Safe Horizon, the cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget would set back thousands of survivors we help every day.

Violence, unfortunately, happens every day in our communities and homes. As such, President Trump’s budget must allocate resources to help victims find and maintain safety, not eliminate them. We urge the Senate and the House of Representatives to reject this unsound budget proposal and help preserve critical funding for victims of violence and abuse.

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