ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- New York State announced Tuesday that 65 organizations statewide will receive $5 million in funding to help domestic violence victims. The money comes from the newly established Survivors Access Financial Empowerment Fund, also known as SAFE. The program delivers on a promise that Governor Kathy Hochul made during her 2024 State of the State address.

According to a press release, the program will establish a "recurring funding stream for survivors of domestic violence".

Locally, five organizations are set to get funding from SAFE including: The Salvation Army of Elmira, Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler Counties, Arbor Development in Steuben County, A New Hope Center in Tioga County and The Advocacy Center of Tompkins County.

The money will have low barrier requirements so victims of domestic violence can get funding easily and quickly, according to the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

The funds can be used at the discretion of domestic violence victims to pay for children's needs, household supplies, food, renting or mortgage assistance, transportation, health needs, pet supplies and more.

SAFE will be distributed through the local organizations who have received funding. New York State's Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline is available 24/7 by calling 800-942-6906 or texting 844-997-2121.