Friday, August 19, 2022
As appears to often be the case after a high-profile disaster or tragedy, organizers who collected funds for victims of the Uvalde school shooting are struggling with how best to distribute those funds to benefits the victims and their families. The Texas Tribune reports on the challenges relating to several different pots of money:
- At least $16 million flowed into GoFundMe accounts and local nonprofit organizations, under the umbrella of the Uvalde Together We Rise Fund that is overseen by a 10-member committee. The committee has held two town hall meetings and is researching how best to get the funds to needy families, including how to minimize negative tax consequences for them. The Fund's website now includes a draft protocol for distribution of the amounts raised.
- Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced an allocation of $5 million for a social services center to help grieving residents, with the first step being a temporary tent for counseling sessions. The county has also approved the purchase of a building to house the center. The governor also allocated $1.25 million to the local school district for counseling.
- According to the article, assistance is also available from other sources, including the state attorney general's Crime Victims' Compensation Program (but only certain costs are covered, and only $36,213 had been paid out relating to the Uvalde shooting as of August 15th), the Community Council of South Central Texas, and the state Department of Housing and Community Affairs (the latter two sources have provided more than $400,000 in gas cards, hotel stays, mortgage assistance, and utility assistance).