SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — The City of San Antonio is pledging funds to help care for asylum seekers who have made their way here.
City Manager Erik Walsh sent an email recommending the city make an $86,000 dollar donation to Catholic Charities and the Food Bank.
He added a second recommendation during Thursday’s city council meeting.
“The city would set aside $55,000 dollars that the city would match for every 2 dollars raised by those agencies,” he told the council. “So a maximum of $55,000.”
Monetary donations to meet the city’s match can be made to Catholic Charities or the San Antonio Food Bank.
San Antonio mayor Ron Nirenberg issued a statement following the council decision to allocate the money.
“I am so grateful for all the remarkable work of our partners in the faith and non-profit communities, including Catholic Charities, the Interfaith Coalition, the Food Bank, Travis Park Church and also the City staff who have volunteered their time and energy to provide a place of refuge for children and their parents in need,” the mayor stated. “If not for these incredible efforts, these vulnerable families would be on the streets and subject to fear, deprivation and hunger.”
Nirenberg said the money is coming in the nick of time.
“This week we were informed by the U.S Department of Homeland Security that they would be increasing the number of asylum seekers transiting through San Antonio, with no end in sight. That’s okay, we have people,” he said.
Nirenberg commended the city council for providing additional resources and for starting the matching fund.
The mayor stated the city is pursuing federal reimbursement of all financial costs.