AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin City Council approved the purchase and renovation of a hotel on Thursday that will be used as a domestic violence shelter, marking the first time in nearly a decade The city has a new space for survivors of domestic violence.
The new shelter will be run by Coalition to Stop Abuse Against Everyone (SAFE), an organization serving survivors of violence and abuse. The foundation’s current shelter has 30 rooms with a seemingly endless waiting list of nearly 40 people on any given day. The hotel will add 50 more empty rooms, doubling the current area of SAFE.
Julia Spann, co-CEO of The SAFE Alliance, said that as Austin’s community continues to grow, so does the need for shelter.
“We think this will be able to partially address the crisis that is currently worsening as a result of COVID,” said Spann.
The organization says its SAFEline received 2,394 contacts in October 2021, the highest level in the organization’s history. More than 80% of those contacts involved domestic violence.
Spann said the new shelter will provide residents with case management, child services and other resources to help families plan for a safer future.
Council member Greg Casar is the primary sponsor of the vote, adding it to the budget in 2020. Casar said the vote is far from coming.
“We have to get families and children off the waiting list and into a safer place in our community. This is a real investment in public safety,” said Casar in a press release.
Organization’s SAFEline number is (512) 267-SAFE (7233).
https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/austin-city-council-approves-hotel-purchase-for-new-family-violence-shelter/ Austin City Council Approves New Domestic Violence Shelter Hotel Purchase