Shelby County Leaders Want More Housing For Domestic Violence Victims

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(Shelby County) Shelby County leaders say there's not enough housing for domestic violence victims and their families, so they got together Monday to brainstorm how to fix it.

"The housing issue just really glared. This is something that we can do better," said Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald.

So far this year, more than 40,000 people reported some kind of domestic violence in Memphis.

McDonald said Shelby County needs more transitional housing, a safe place where domestic violence victims and their families can stay while they figure out a plan.

"The suburbs don't have all the housing they need. No one has all the housing," said McDonald.

The YWCA is one of the organizations that offers housing for domestic violence victims. At times, they have a waiting list.

"The YWCA is a 24-hour emergency shelter. It should be bigger," said Executive Director Jackie Williams.

District Attorney Amy Weirich said it's vital the county finds the funding.

"If we have victims who don't or can't leave an abusive relationship, we lose them on that pursuit of justice," she said.


  • Nonya Bidness

    How about we get some housing for the working man …… We give everything to those who take take take. How about something for those of us that foot the bill for all of the give away programs.

    Oh, what has come over me, that just isn’t the way we do things here in America any more. Oh, I remember, that’s why I moved all my money overseas. I even take my pay overseas to save huge on taxes.


  • Anonymous

    That’s what I’m saying. Why are we giving homes to people who aren’t paying rent it taxes or working? That makes no sense at all. Why would Shelby county want to do this? They clearly need to be worried about bigger matters…

  • Deja Brew

    Domestic violence is a BIG matter. Don’t speak on things that you’ve never been through. Y’all are only concerned about the money. If the justice system didn’t slap abusers on the wrist, there wouldn’t be a need for more shelters. When you have limited help for victims they don’t know what else to do and they end up going BACK to the guy or so called loved ones that harmed them because ppl like y’all don’t care then days, weeks, months, or years later they’re dead because Memphis lacks help. A waiting list and restraining orders do NOT help so something needs to be done by ppl who actually care and aren’t worshipping a worthless piece of green paper called money!

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