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Federal grant aids SD victims

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., announced Sept. 18 that Wiconi Wawokiya Inc. will receive a $200,312 federal grant to provide housing for victims of violent crimes against women. The funding comes from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.

“This funding for Wiconi Wawokiya Inc. will help provide stable, safe housing for victims of violent crime as they work to change the direction of their life,” Johnson said. “My Hometown Prosperity Plan calls for increased investments in the public good, and this funding is a wonderful example of that kind of investment.”

This project will provide advocacy-centered transitional housing services. This includes transitional housing, financial assistance for rent and utilities, transportation, education, child care and employment counseling.

Johnson’s Hometown Prosperity Plan is a four-pillar agenda for advancing South Dakota’s economy from the federal level. The four pillars, or strategies, include “Promoting Partnerships,” “Emphasizing Entrepreneurship,” “Investing in the Public Good” and “Protecting Pocketbooks.” The full plan includes specific actions related to each strategy and can be downloaded from http://johnson.
senate.gov.

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