September 9, 2020, Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman today announced the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women has awarded Sojourner House $550,000 to fund a Transitional Housing Program.

The Transitional Housing Program provides aid to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking who are homeless, or in need of transitional housing or other housing assistance, as a result of their victimization, and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient.

In August, the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs and its component, the Office for Victims of Crime, awarded a $499,998 grant to Sojourner House to provide safe, stable housing and appropriate services to victims of human trafficking.

“I am pleased the Department of Justice continues to recognize the critical support Sojourner House provides to our community by providing much needed financial support,” said United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman. “Sadly, incidents of domestic violence and other forms of violence, particularly against women, have spiked during these unprecedented times. The Transitional Housing Program, and other support services provided by Sojourner House and by agencies across the state, are providing much needed support and resources, often times a lifeline, to victims at a time when they are most vulnerable.” Click to read more…