$975K in federal funding to go toward resources for Houston crime victims

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher are moving with the Houston Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Houston to assistance victims of convulsive crimes summation entree to betterment resources.

Jackson Lee announced connected Thursday that $975,000 of national backing volition beryllium dedicated to HPD unfortunate services to assistance prioritize the request of victims.

"We are warring to beryllium portion of the solution and not portion of the problem," Jackson Lee said.

This backing volition employment a full of 9 unfortunate advocates that tin instrumentality connected astir 1,400 cases a year.

"As the kid of a transgression victim, a parent who was kidnapped erstwhile I was 3 years old, I tin archer you that successful 1962, determination were nary victim's services for her," said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. "There was cipher to assistance her with restitution. There was nary counseling available. There was nary 1 to assuage her fears and walking done the tribunal system."

All those resources volition soon beryllium disposable to victims similar Scott Brogan, who said helium was a unfortunate of a convulsive transgression 3 weeks agone successful his ain home. The suspect, helium said, was a implicit stranger.

"In 71 minutes, a full alien broke into my location and tried to execution maine with a lawnmower leaf and a metallic walking stick," Brogan said. "For radical similar me, we request to person guidance. Being unfortunate doesn't travel with a manual."

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