Next Step has recently received four significant grant awards from the State of Maine and Federal government agencies:
- From the Maine State Department of Health and Human Services, to provide domestic violence services in District 7, Hancock and Washington Counties, Maine.
- From the Maine Department of Public Safety, to serve victims of crime from the initial stages of a criminal domestic violence case, providing victims with early access to advocacy and support, through all stages of the case to its conclusion.
- From MaineHousing, to assist homeless clients seeking permanent housing with education, services, and support to overcome barriers in obtaining and maintaining housing.
- And from the Federal Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking who are in need of transitional housing, short-term housing assistance, and related supportive services.
Next Step Executive Director, Rebecca Hobbs, reports that ‘This complement of grants will strengthen the safety net for victims and survivors of domestic violence, including those who are homeless, victims of crime, and in need of supportive services. Next Step is in an excellent position to advocate for and assist victims for years to come, and to work with our community partners to improve the response to people in need.’