$2 million to Keep Houston Families Together
On November 10, 2020, our years of work paid off. The people had spoken, and our elected officials listened. The Harris County Commissioners Court voted to allocate $2 million dollars to an immigrant legal services fund for people facing deportation. After one year, another $2 million in funding could be renewed upon approval by the Commissioner Court.
This was a huge win! The biggest legal services fund for the biggest immigrant community in Texas. We held a press conference with advocates, immigrants, and organizers. After the vote, Judge Lina Hidalgo and Commissioner Garcia also spoke and shared the victory with us. Due to the pandemic, not everyone in the coalition was able to be in the same space physically to celebrate the victory but we did our best to celebrate virtually. As for the HILSC team… Julie Pasch (the DDH Managing Attorney) and I met in the dog park with our pups Shamsi and Luna to celebrate with champagne! We of course did so responsibly, from 6 feet apart and masked.
This success was built on years of a long and hard effort on behalf of community members and advocates. Since that time, the County has been finalizing the RFP, which we hope will be released soon. Houston Leads will be offering community information sessions once the projects are awarded and starts dated have been set. We cannot wait to see what happens, yet we know one thing is certain – this much needed funding will help thousands of Houstonians fighting deportation and help keep families together.