Program Slated to Lose Thousands Under President’s Budget Cuts
HAMBURG, NY – Thursday, July 7, 2005, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) toured the Domestic Violence Center in the Town of Hamburg. Hamburg Domestic Violence Services is one example of many successful local programs slated to lose Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in the President’s proposed budget. It serves 60 to 100 cases per month, uses $35,000 to $50,000 in CDBG funds and works with victims and families to connect them with community resources. In total, Hamburg is facing $505,273 in CDBG funding cuts. Congressman Higgins is fighting against the elimination of local Block Grant funding.
“The Hamburg Domestic Violence Center is an excellent example of the community success stories which can be achieved with Community Block Grant Funding,” said Congressman Higgins. “Each day the people here work diligently to see that residents can feel safe in their own homes and victims of abuse are connected with the vital services they need.”
Town Supervisor Patrick H. Hoak, Town Councilmember Joan A. Kesner, Domestic Violence Program Director & Advocate Judy Nieman and Hamburg resident and attorney Gerald J. Whalen joined Congressman Higgins as he toured the facility where they discussed Block Grant funding and potential redevelopment plans. Due to a growing caseload Town officials are advocating the office be expanded to more than twice its current size at a cost of $2.3 million.
Residents can contact the Hamburg Domestic Violence Office at 926-0057 or the 24-Hour New York State Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906.