Shaheen visits Conway Business Resource Center to highlight $200,000 award for infrastructure upgrades


June 02, 2022

**Shaheen also visits the Berlin Crisis Center to discuss efforts to strengthen services and programs for survivors of domestic and sexual violence**


(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) visited the Mt. Washington Valley Technology Village Business Resource Center in Conway today after her successful bid to secure $200,000 through the process of Congressional Directed Spending (CDS) in annual government funding legislation to support facility infrastructure upgrades. This award will help the center install water, sewer, road and broadband networks to support the growth and expansion of technology for Carroll County businesses. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shaheen helped secure $69,047,000 for projects throughout New Hampshire through the CDS process.

“It was great to be in Conway today to see first-hand the significant infrastructure updates coming to the Mt. Washington Valley Technology Village Business Resource Center. This center will soon have access to state-of-the-art facilities and business resource centers that will support Carroll County communities,” said Shaheen. “I helped secure this $200,000 award to empower the center to increase technology and become the engine of local economic growth, attracting new residents and supporting the local workforce . It’s great to see this funding in action, and I will continue to prioritize resources that support key infrastructure updates and innovation.

Later in the afternoon, Senator Shaheen visited the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Center of Coos County Family Health Services (CCFHS) in Berlin to discuss efforts to strengthen services and programs for victims of domestic and sexual violence. She and local advocates discussed the importance of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and how the pandemic has increased demand for crisis center services.

“COVID has exacerbated rates of domestic violence and sexual assault across the country and here in New Hampshire, while adding barriers to survivors’ access to services. This is why the work of local defenders on the front line is so essential. Today’s discussion focused on how Congress can support its lifesaving work to help survivors find safety, navigate the legal system, and heal,” said Shaheen. “Ensuring New Hampshire’s domestic and sexual violence programs have the funding they need has always been a top priority for me as a Senior Appropriator. I will continue to work in partnership with local organizations to support survivors as we work towards our collective goal of ending domestic and sexual violence.

“CCFHS/Response Program is grateful to be funded by VAWA. The increase in survivor services has been an impactful addition to the important work being done to support survivors and their families. Increased access to mental health, flexible housing funds and legal access has had a significant impact on survivors in this time of critical need. Advocates can provide emotional support, but are also able to provide additional means and resources that break down barriers preventing survivors from living in healthier and safer environments,” said Deborah Haynes-Kenney, director of the intervention program.

“VAWA’s reauthorization earlier this year was a necessary step to ensure that the law and statewide responses reflect the current and most pressing needs of survivors of domestic and sexual violence. We are all aware of the challenges that have emerged over the past two years, resulting in an incredible need for New Hampshire Crisis Centers to pivot their reach and resources in order to continue providing essential services to survivors. This critical need is still present today and although the central role of an advocate has not changed, the scope of their work has expanded considerably as they seek to meet the increasingly complex needs of survivors. VAWA’s 5-year modernization effort enables our communities to effectively respond to the changing needs of survivors in Granite State, and we are so grateful to Senator Shaheen for her leadership on VAWA and her unwavering commitment to the survivors of domestic and sexual violence,” said Amanda Grady Sexton, Director of Public Affairs, NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

As chair of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) programs, Shaheen led efforts in the Senate. to strengthen services and programs for victims of domestic and sexual violence. — especially through the pandemic. As a Senior Appropriator, Shaheen secured the highest level of funding ever for VAWA programs for five consecutive years. Government funding legislation for fiscal year 2022 also included a bipartisan bill to modernize and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act assisting domestic violence prevention and support organizations, protecting survivors and promoting safer communities for women and families. Last year she reintroduced bipartisan legislation with Sen. Grassley (R-IA) to build on her legislation which is now law, the Survivors Bill of Rights Act, by urging states to pass legislation guaranteeing the rights of survivors included in federal law. She also introduced a bill to reauthorize legislation to expand pro bono legal resources for victims and survivors.


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