Michael Moore Calls on Harris County
to Close the Gap in 2020 Funding for
Local Domestic Violence Shelters
September 8, 2020
HARRIS COUNTY, TX – Michael Moore, the Democratic nominee for Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 3, called on Harris County today to use CARES Act dollars to provide additional funding for domestic violence shelters and programs.
Michael Moore said:
“Domestic violence was horrifying enough before this pandemic. It’s heartbreaking to see the spike in violent crime due to domestic violence and to know that some who need shelter and assistance are being turned away due to resources.
“Victims and their families have been shut in with their abusers during the lockdown. Many abusers have lost their jobs and are acting out at home. And shelters have less space for victims because of social distancing.
“This is not just a public safety issue, it’s a public health issue, a child protection issue and also a homelessness issue.”
Moore specifically referenced the Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) Safe Harbor Program, which relocates survivors in hotels when they are unable to accommodate them in their or partner shelters. The county and city have been able to provide financial assistance to Safe Harbor, enabling HAWC to place more of its clients in nearby hotels, first with $123,000 from Harris County and an additional $647,000 from the City of Houston. Yet, at current funding levels, HAWC still has to turn away almost half of those who turn to them for shelter and need more resources for the rest of the year.
Victims of domestic violence are most at risk of being killed at the time of leaving their abusers. Providing safe shelter to victims who are leaving their abuser is crucial to protecting their safety at this dangerous inflection point. This intervention is also essential in giving victims the time and resources to get back on their feet.
“Harris County needs to close the gap in 2020 funding for the Safe Harbor programs and similar programs. Additionally, this should be done working with the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and by using CARES Act funding to provide emergency relief money that can be used by victims to meet needs that they may have due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The majority of victims housed by HAWC and other shelters come with children, who also need to be cared for. “This funding is vital to ensure that lifesaving services can continue to be provided to survivors of domestic violence.”
For those in need, call the Houston Area Women’s Center at (713) 528-2121 and visit: www.nocividabuse.org.
About Michael Moore:
Michael Moore, the Democratic nominee for County Commissioner, Precinct 3 brings substantial experience and a proven track record of getting things done:
- Moore has been endorsed by flooding expert Jim Blackburn, who said, “Michael Moore is my choice for county commissioner because he is best qualified to protect our homes and families from flooding.”
- Moore was endorsed by the Houston Chronicle in the Democratic primary election. The Chronicle characterized Moore’s work on Houston’s response to Hurricane Katrina as being “on the front lines during Houston’s finest hour.”
- Moore served as Houston Mayor Bill White’s chief of staff, helping to oversee a general fund budget of nearly $2 billion and a workforce of more than 20,000. He was White’s point person for Houston’s response to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike.
- Moore is the co-chair of Commissioner Garcia’s Senior Care Facility Coronavirus Task Force.
Learn more at www.MooreForCommissioner.com.