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MA Lt. Gov. Driscoll touts funding for support services in Springfield

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll speaks with reporters at the YWCA of Western Massachusetts.
Lucas Willard
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Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll speaks with reporters at the YWCA of Western Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll spoke of the importance of housing and human services during a visit to the YWCA of Western Massachusetts in Springfield Friday.

During a roundtable discussion, YWCA staff members described to Driscoll programs offered by the non-profit, including domestic violence shelter services.

Driscoll, a former Salem mayor, told reporters the state budget proposed Wednesday by Governor Maura Healey, a fellow Democrat, includes a boost in funding for organizations like the YWCA.

“The budget this year includes a three percent increase for many of the programs aimed at helping survivors, building in more therapeutic services," said Driscoll.

The YWCA of Western Massachusetts is the fifth-largest YWCA in the country, serving nearly 2,000 individuals annually.