Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey
(R-Pa.) today announced that the Crime Victim Center of Erie County has been
awarded a $1,858,965 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grant. Senator Toomey wrote a
letter supporting the organization's grant application in May.
“Since joining the Senate, a top priority of mine has been ensuring that those working with victims of crime and abuse have the resources necessary to do their important work, and that the federal Crime Victims Fund is used appropriately instead of as a budget gimmick,” said Senator Toomey. “The work done by the Crime Victim Center of Erie County is invaluable to those it serves, as well as the community as a whole. I applaud the Crime Victim Center of Erie County, and others like it across Pennsylvania, for the important work they do every day and was glad to support its application.”
“Especially in these times, it's important that we continue to be advocates for these victims groups,” said Paul Lukach, Executive Director of Crimes Victim Services. “Senator Toomey has always been fighting for these victims and I appreciate his efforts.”
The awarded funds will be used to provide legal services and counseling to victims of crime throughout Erie County. Additionally, the Crime Victim Center will work with Erie DAWN to provide crime victims with transitional housing.