New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Sunday that $10 million will be donated to organizations supporting Asian American communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Funding will be allocated through the Asian American Federation, the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, and the China-American Planning Council, and these organizations will distribute the money to community groups that provide direct services.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on so many vulnerable and marginalized communities in New York State,” Hochul said in a statement. “The Asian American community has been particularly hard hit, not only by the virus, but by an increase in hate and violent crimes.”

The AAF will receive $6.8 million to support organizations that have experienced a sudden increase in demand for services due to the pandemic.

Joo Han, deputy director of the AAF, said these resources are long overdue.

“The lack of investment that supports the most vulnerable members of the Pan-Asian community was glaring during the pandemic when we struggled to find resources to meet needs that the government was unable to meet,” Han said in an email to NBC Asian. America. “The rise in anti-Asian violence and the strong and sustained increases in demand for direct services have been staggering.”

The AAF will directly fund 59 community organizations that provide food pantries to families affected by job loss; providing home-delivered meals to seniors; organize after-school programs for children affected by remote learning; provide case management to help clients access affordable housing, immigration legal services, and domestic violence services; and provide life-saving mental health services, according to Han.

Organizations include the Arab American Association of New York, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the China-American Family Alliance for Mental Health, and Sakhi for South Asian Women.

Data released by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino showed that anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 339% last year compared to the previous year, which is part of an overall 11% increase in suspicion of hate. crimes reported in a dozen of the largest US cities.

“The increase in anti-Asian violence and hatred combined with the economic devastation of the pandemic has left our community in crisis,” said Wayne Ho, president and CEO of the China-American Planning Council, in a statement. a statement.

The CPC will receive approximately $700,000 to expand public access to resources, expand workforce services, improve overall case management, and expand early childhood development.

Asian American businesses have been hit on multiple fronts during the pandemic, including shutdowns, language barriers making it difficult to access government assistance, and security fears as anti-Asian violence escalates.

Nearly 90% of Asian American small businesses lost revenue last year, a higher rate than for other racial and ethnic groups, according to a study released by the New York Federal Reserve and AARP in March.

The $10 million in funding will come from New York’s $212 billion spending plan, the biggest budget in state history, which passed in April.