WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder announced that $478,869 in Recovery Act funds was awarded to an Alaska organization by the Office on Violence Against Women Recovery Act Transitional Housing Program. The funds are being awarded to the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violence Living.
"The most vulnerable in our society too often bear the greatest burden in times of economic hardship, which is why dedicating these funds to help survivors and their families get back on their feet is a concrete example of the Recovery Act at work," Holder said. "Providing viable temporary housing options and services that promote self-sufficiency are critical and proven steps toward violence-free lives."
The Department of Justice is awarding $478,869 to the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living to teach basic independent living skills, address legal issues, assist in job skills training and education and offer counseling in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and family of origin issues. IAC will assist program participants in their move from transitional housing to permanent housing and offer a 12 month follow-up program. The program will serve victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Fairbanks North Star Borough, with a special focus on Alaska Native women, women with dual diagnosis and women with disabilities.