Houston city councilmembers clashed Wednesday during a debate over whether to continue grant funding for Marjo House, a 12-year-old facility that provides transitional housing for people with HIV/AIDS. At one point, openly gay Councilwoman Sue Lovell, a supporter of the funding, nearly came to blows with Councilwoman Jarvis Johnson, who wanted to shut down the facility. The exchange takes place at about the 00:35 mark in the above video.
The council ultimately voted 10-2 to continue funding the nonprofit group home in East Houston with a $400,000 grant, with openly gay Mayor Annise Parker also among those backing the facility. The Houston GLBT Political Caucus sent out a Call to Action about the issue morning:
The Houston GLBT Political Caucus applauds the Council Members who voted in favor of extending the funding. We are concerned that two members, Council Member Jarvis Johnson and Council Member C.O. Bradford, voted to shut down Marjo House. We are also concerned that Council Member Wanda Adams, who represents Montrose, walked out just before the vote was taken in order to avoid voting on this issue.
Funding for Marjo House and other HIV-related programs is a priority for not only our community, but all Houstonians.
Please help the Houston GLBT Political Caucus contact each member of city council to express our thanks for supporting HIV/AIDS Housing and to also contact the three members of city council that did not support the funding. We must make our voices heard.
Click here to contact, with one click, all Council Members to voice your thanks to those who voted for their HIV-positive constituents and to voice your disappointment in those who didn’t. By entering your name on the form in the link, the GLBT Caucus will send a letter to each member of council from you. It’s that easy to stand up for those living with HIV and AIDS.