$8 Million to help California Victims of Crime Fund

Many of the people who were at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on #1October were from California. Now, The United States Department of Justice has announced a grant of more than $8 million to help the state of California continue to assist its residents who were present during the shooting.

In an effort to help survivors heal, the Justice Department is offering more than $8.3 million to the survivors from California because the shooting "significantly impacted the state resources available to victims," according to the DOJ.

The grant, awarded to the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, will help fund additional support services to assist in the healing process for victims. The board is a state agency tasked with helping crime victims pay relevant bills.

The services include "supplemental crime victim compensation expenses; victim assistance; such as mental health and peer support groups; outreach to identify and contact victims; including a virtual victim resiliency center; and related expenses for support staff to provide these activities," the DOJ says.

"While we cannot undo the evil that was done that day, the Department of Justice is doing its part to support fist responders and survivors," Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement.

"We support them and all crime victims -- and we will continue to do our part to help them heal."

The California Victim Compensation Board estimates 65% of the nearly 24,000 ticket-holders in the Las Vegas festival were California residents.

"This tragic event affected so many people from California and Nevada," said Julie Nauman, the board's executive officer. "We encourage survivors and their family members who are struggling to recover to contact us."