Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Kristi House of Miami-Dade County Receives $500,000 in Federal Funding South Florida Congressional Delegation Applauds Award

Nov 4, 2009
Press Release

For Immediate Release:

MIAMI—Today the South Florida Congressional Delegation announced that Kristi House was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Department of Justice.  The Members played a role in securing the funds, which are part of the Improving Community Response to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Grant Program.  Kristi House provides a healing environment for all child victims of sexual abuse and their families, regardless of income, through prevention, treatment and coordination of services with community partners.

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart: “Kristi House plays an integral role in treating those most vulnerable in our community, abused children.  The organization is also key in creating awareness of the issue and promoting prevention.  This grant will help Kristi House further accomplish its mission, and I am committed to supporting the important work that they do.”

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: “I am pleased that this wonderful organization has been awarded a federal grant so they can continue doing what they do so well: help children, who have been the victim of commercial sexual exploitation, heal and regain their dignity and lives. Miami’s position in the top 5 metropolitan centers where sexual exploitation of children occurs is not only a stain on our city, it is also a significant and deplorable problem that must be addressed by all sectors of our society. Exploiting children for sex is barbaric and has no place whatsoever in modern society. Kristi House possesses extensive experience in Miami-Dade County addressing the specific needs of commercially sexually exploited children for over 13 years. They have done yeoman’s work in this field and this grant shall be immediately put to good use.”

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “When the fight to end the sexual abuse of children fails, Kristi House picks up the pieces.  As a mother of three young children, I am so proud to have helped secure funding for young children and their families as they heal from these heinous actions.  As leaders in our community, we must work together to implement programs ensuring that violent sexual predators cannot get access to our children.”

Congressman Kendrick B. Meek: “Kristi House is a vital resource for the South Florida community in addressing the needs of sexually exploited children. The Center provides a safe haven for these minors and is a fierce defender of their well-being. I will continue to fight for federal funding that puts the safety of our community’s children first.”

Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart: “The exploitation of children is an inexcusable crime and we must seek the means to give the victims a chance at a normal life and human dignity. The federal funds granted to Kristi House will ensure that more children in our community have access to the treatments and protection that this organization has provided Miami-Dade’s youth for the past thirteen years. I am pleased to have advocated on behalf of the grant, which will provide this great organization the opportunity to expand their operations and enable them to reach more children in need.”

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings: "Kristi House has proven itself a steadfast defender of children and a source of hope for those taken in to its care. With the award of this grant, Kristi House receives the means to extend its invaluable efforts to aid and shelter at-risk youth. I fully believe in the mission and commend the award to this worthy organization."