A local nonprofit victim services organization, Homicide Survivors, Inc., has set up the Tucson Tragedy Victim Fund to help victims and witnesses of the Jan. 8 mass shooting in Tucson as well as their families.

The funds will be available to help cover expenses not covered by other sources, such as medical costs, mental health expenses, loss of wages and funeral expenses. In addition, the funds will be available to help cover other expenses, such as property loss and damage. For relatives of victims who live outside Tucson, the fund can assist with travel, food and lodging expenses associated with attending hearings and trials.

To make a tax deductible donation, send a check or money order to: Tucson Tragedy Victim Fund; c/o Homicide Survivors, Inc.; 32 N. Stone Ave., Ste. 1408; Tucson, AZ  85701. For information, call 740-5729.

Many victims also may be eligible for funds from the Pima County Crime Victim Compensation Fund, which is administered by the Pima County Attorney’s Office. This fund is comprised solely of fines and fees paid by defendants in the criminal justice system. It can assist victims in paying for medical costs, counseling expenses, lost wages and funeral expenses.

This Crime Victim Compensation Fund is a fund of last resort after other sources of payment, such as insurance, have been exhausted. Any victim or witness may be eligible for crime victim compensation.

To obtain an application or for more information, call 740-5525 or visit www.pcao.pima.gov.

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