BETHLEHEM – March 13, 2019 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh/Northampton) today announced a total of $1.192 million in state funds for numerous programs to aid crime victims in Lehigh and Northampton counties.

“This funding provides critical support to those who are victimized by crime,” Boscola said.  “The dollars will support outreach activities, training, and improve communications for those who help crime victims.”

Boscola said the funding was approved today by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).  The funding is available through the Victims of Crime Act and includes both non-competitive and competitive grants.  Grant recipients located in Boscola’s senate district include:

  • $316,110 for the Crime Victims Council of Lehigh Valley for victim services in Lehigh and Northampton counties;                                             
  • $243,537 for Turning Point of Lehigh Valley to provide mental health services for survivors;
  • $94,183 to the Valley Youth House Committee to continue mobile trauma focused services;                                                       
  • $5,580 for the Shanthi Project for trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness; and
  • $532,846 to Turning Point of Lehigh Valley to provide housing for domestic violence survivors.

Boscola added that the Pennsylvania Court Appointed Special Advocates Association is receiving a $1.6 million statewide grant.

PCCD supports justice-related programs with a focus on research, police and support services.  The funds support programs that serve individuals countywide.

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