The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act provides $30 million to community groups for engagement, empowerment and education in order to address the rise in hate and violence
Community-based organizations and civil rights groups can use the funds for:
- Implementing and facilitating educational classes and community services for defendants convicted of hate crimes (directly related to the community harmed by the offensive).
- Culturally competent and linguistically appropriate public education campaigns on the collection of data and public reporting of hate crimes.
- Safety ambassadors to escort vulnerable community members in public places.
- In-language support for victims and/or surviving families of hate crimes including mental health support.
- Providing bystander, de-escalation trainings in multiple languages.
- Other community-based strategies deemed appropriate for communities of color and other vulnerable and historically disadvantaged communities.
Once concern that Neighborhood Safety Companions has is for funds to be available to provide DIRECT financial support to victims and their families who have been often subjected to great financial burden due to the inequalities faced by many in the current healthcare system. Many of the victims and their families have had to rely upon GoFundMe pages to offset the horrific costs of medical care. Neighborhood Safety Companions and their partners will be seeking meetings with Government officials to determine how victims and families can be supported by this new legislation.