State Rep calls on Guv to keep MANA House for homeless women vets open;
Joins activist Serah Blain, living on the street to raise awareness of funding need
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Mark Cardenas, D-Phoenix (District 19), still often finds himself fighting alongside his fellow soldiers daily, even though his Army days are over. This week, the battle is finding funding to keep the MANA House for homeless women veterans from shutting down.
Cardenas has implored the Governor to intervene in a letter he sent to her last week (attached). And Tuesday through Thursday nights of this week, Cardenas will show his solidarity with homeless women vets by joining activist Serah Blain, living on the street to raise awareness and funding to keep the transitional living facility open.
"If we let this place shut-down and turn these women back out on the street, it is just unconscionable," Cardenas said. "I can't sit by and see a program which is helping women vets get back on their feet, overcome challenges like PTSD and sexual assault, just shut down. These are women who served their country, went in to combat to protect our freedom. They deserve better."
Cardenas sent a letter to Governor Jan Brewer Friday asking her to free up funds within her administration to keep the MANA House program open in the short term and he asked her to request long-term sustainable funding for the program in her budget. Cardenas pledged his support but said "it is paramount that we avoid closure of this facility and our Governor is the person with the power to help in this time of need."
"It doesn't take a lot of money to run this program but it means the world to the women who are there. I hope the Governor and others who hear about this situation will do what they can to help," Cardenas said. Donations to help keep the facility open can be directed to www.blisteringatthemargins.com.
For more information about the MANA House’s funding problems and Serah Blain's effort to raise funding and awareness, see the video and article at this link: http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/20130830female-veterans-homelessness.html