Fort Bend County Approves Case Management and Financial Assistance Grant for Victims of Crime

The grant comes from the US Department of Justice, the Office of Justice Programs, and the Office of Victims of Crime through the Texas Office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division. (Sierra Rozen / Community Impact Journal)

Fort Bend County has officially accepted grant funds that will provide case management and financial assistance to victims of crime.

The grant of $ 130,838 comes from the US Department of Justice, the Justice Office programs and the Office for Victims of Crime through the Office of the Governor of Texas Division of Criminal Justice. The funds will go to Fort Bend County Social Services Women’s IRIS Program, which provides case management for victims of domestic violence and crime. The grant was officially approved at the court of commissioners meeting on December 7.

The $ 130,838 grant will have a county cash match of $ 32,709, according to the agenda documents. The grant will run from October 2021 to September 2022.

Najat Elsayed, head of Fort Bend County’s social services division, said the county has been receiving the grant for several years.

“What we do is we just use it to provide social workers with case management for victims of crime who call social services and need help,” Elsayed said. “What we do from there is we have a lot of public aid funds that we use to try to maximize the benefit of the individual.”

Through this case management, there are different things that individuals can receive help with, Elsayed said.

“For example, if they need help with utilities, emergency shelter or food or just connections and referrals to a local shelter and the resources they provide,” he said. she declared. “We [also] have a network of nonprofits that we work with if there are any needs they need beyond that. ”

The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court also voted to approve an application to run for the Grant from phase 39 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. If the county is selected for the grant, it will receive $ 457,550 to offer residents for financial assistance with rent, food and utilities.

If the grant is approved by the court, it would take effect from January 2022 to May 2023. The grant is intended to serve as a short-term program for eligible people in need of such things as rent and utility assistance. . There are rules and regulations when applying for funds, Elsayed said.

“The person has to provide documents, like an invoice, and they have to be qualified. [for it] and [have] exhausted their income, ”Elsayed said.

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