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In Wake of Violence, Hochul Approves $10 Million in Aid to Asian American Communities

J.M. Lesinski

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In the wake of a surge in violence and attacks on Asian Americans in New York City, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced the disbursement of roughly $10 million in funding to Asian American organizations, associations, and communities, who have all been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on so many vulnerable and marginalized communities across New York State,” Hochul remarked. “The Asian American community was especially hard hit, not only by the virus, but by an increase in hate and violent crimes. With this $10 million in funding, we are sending a strong message that hate has no home here, and we will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our sisters and brothers in the Asian American community. My administration is laser focused on continuing to help communities that have for too long been forgotten, not only as we recover from this pandemic, but for years to come.”

The focus of the funding, which is reportedly the largest in awarded funding to Asian American communities in New York state history, will primarily aim to bring supportive services and programs to said communities throughout the state.

“The AAPI community has been the target of relentless hatred, bigotry, and violence for the last two years, and we desperately need resources that would address the root cause of these attacks,” Senator John Liu said of the recent rise in violence against Asian-Americans. “While we are grateful to see the implementation of last year’s $10 million budget allocation, the siege against Asian Americans continues unabated, as does our need for additional resources. We must address a range of needs such as community safety, services for youth and senior citizens, mental health support for Asian New Yorkers, and the implementation of AAPI curriculum in public schools.”

Receiving the largest portion, the Asian American Federation (AAF) will get $6.8 million for services in high demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic, directly funding over 59 community organizations that service Asian Americans in New York state. Additionally, $1.4 million in legislative aid will be directed to an additional 40 organizations through the New York State Assembly.

“The Assembly Majority stands with Asian Americans in the fight to end the pandemic-fueled hate that is devastating our communities,” stated New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. “My colleagues and I fought to ensure our budget last year included the funding necessary to take on this abhorrent rise in hate crimes and help bring peace to New Yorkers, and especially our Asian American friends and neighbors. I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year.”

Organizations receiving funding include: A Place for Kids, Academy of Medical & Public Health Services, Adhikaar for Human Rights and Social Justice, Arab American Association of New York, Arab-American Family Support Center, Asian American Arts Alliance, Asian American Community Empowerment, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Asian Americans for Equality, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs, Bridges From Borders, Brooklyn Chinese-American Association, Brooklyn Community Improvement Association, Burmese Community Services, Caribbean Equality Project, Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans, Chhaya Community Development Corporation, Chinatown Partnership LDC, Chinatown YMCA, Chinese American IPA, Chinese American Social Services Center, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Chinese Progressive Association, Chinese-American Family Alliance for Mental Health, CMP, Council of Peoples Organization, Damayan Migrant Workers Association, Desis Rising Up and Moving, Garden of Hope, Hamilton-Madison House, Homecrest Community Services, Immigrant Social Services. India Home, Jahajee Sisters, Japanese American Association of New York, Japanese American Social Services, Inc., Karen Society of Buffalo, Korean American Family Service Center, Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Laal NYC, Mekong Center NYC, Midtown Utica Community Center, Migrant Center, MinKwon Center, Refugees Helping Refugees, Sakhi for South Asian Women, Sapna NYC, Sikh Coalition, South Asian Council for Social Service, South Asian Youth Action, Turning Point for Women and Families, United Chinese Association of Brooklyn, Womankind (formerly NYAWC), Women for Afghan Women, and the YWCA of Queens.

Additionally, the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families will be given just over $1 million in funding, while the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) will benefit from roughly $700,000 in approved funds.

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