Merkley, Wyden Announce $250,000 for Housing Assistance in Warm Springs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced Tuesday that the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation will receive $250,000 to assist victims of domestic violence with transitional housing and additional housing support.  The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Victims of domestic violence have experienced tremendous physical and emotional trauma and it’s crucial they have access to support services and a place where they feel safe,” Merkley said.  “This funding will help provide safe housing to those who have gone through this challenging experience and may not have anywhere else to turn.”

“Too many women remain trapped in abusive relationships because they have nowhere to go for protection and help,” Wyden said. “This funding will ensure that victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault in the Warm Springs community never have to choose between remaining with their abuser or living on the street.”

According to the Department of Justice, the purpose of the program is to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking who are homeless, or in need of transitional housing, as well as other forms of housing assistance, including short-term housing assistance and support services.

Project partners include the Warm Springs Victims of Crime Services (VOCS), the Warm Springs Vocational Rehabilitation department, the Warm Springs Work Force Development Department, the Warm Springs Tribal Housing department, and the Public Safety Branch.

Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to be victims of domestic violence than any other group.  A U.S. Department of Justice study on violence against women concluded that more than one in three American Indian and Alaska Native women will be raped during their lifetime.