Press Release – HEALS Act (2)
December 15, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence praises the Help End Abusive Living Situations (HEALS) Act, introduced Thursday in the U.S. Senate.
According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, domestic abuse is the leading cause of homelessness among women. The HEALS Act addresses this problem by providing secured funding for victims and survivors seeking safe housing.
“This legislation addresses a critical problem — one faced by survivors of domestic violence across Mississippi every day,” said Wendy Mahoney, MCADV Executive Director. “We are talking about the difference between between a life of abuse and a life of fulfillment for people suffering in these situations. The HEALS Act will save lives.”
For survivors of domestic violence, finding safe, affordable housing is often an uphill battle. It is common for domestic abusers to sabotage their victims’ economic stability. This leaves victims vulnerable to homelessness, as survivors of domestic violence have trouble finding rental properties due to damaged credit, rental, and employment histories resulting from abuse.
Introduced by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), the HEALS Act enjoys bipartisan support, and MCADV calls on the members of Mississippi’s congressional delegation to vote for the bill’s passage.
“It is critical for every member of our delegation to stand with victims of domestic violence in Mississippi and support the HEALS Act,” said David McDowell, MCADV Policy Coordinator. “We hope to see them not only vote ‘yea’ but also to sign-on as co-sponsors of this bipartisan, life-saving legislation.”