The Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault has been awarded increased federal funding to support an expansion of services.
According to the news release, Federal Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) funding, along with state, local and private dollars is supporting an expansion that will allow MOCSA to serve an additional 10,000 people in the community for education/outreach, counseling and advocacy services in 2016-17.
Due to the increased financial support MOCSA is hiring 14 new staff members, expanding our offices, and enhancing our programming.
MOCSA CEO, Julie Donelon explains, “This is an exciting time in our community, we have the opportunity to not only serve more victims of sexual violence but ultimately prevent sexual violence from happening. With this enhancement and expansion of our services we hope the community will join us in ending sexual violence in Kansa City”.
Community confidence in MOCSA services and funding support will result in MOCSA serving nearly 70,000 clients in 2016-17.
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In 2015, the cap on federal Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) funds was raised significantly from $750 million to over $2 billion dollars. These funds are financed by fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders and not tax dollars.
Due to the dramatic increase in available funds, MOCSA received notification from Kansas that the VOCA award increased from $88,500 last year to over $405,000 for 2015-16.
In Missouri VOCA funding increased by 350% from more than 9 million in 2015 to over 37 million in 2016. MOCSA has submitted a proposal to Missouri for VOCA funding and will learn of the award amount early next year.
MOCSA is the only agency in the greater Kansas City area entirely dedicated to the issue of sexual violence.
MOCSA works to improve the lives of those impacted by sexual assault and abuse and to prevent sexualviolence in our community.