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FOP hopes to launch housing program to bring families of Houston first responders to Cincinnati

Posted at 5:34 PM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 17:51:26-04

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati’s Fraternal Order of Police wants to help Hurricane Harvey survivors by bringing Houston families to the Queen City.

Cincinnati police and other local agencies are trying to launch a housing program in the coming weeks that would allow families of Houston-area first responders to stay with a family in Cincinnati.

Capt. Jeff Butler said the program would benefit first responders in Houston because they wouldn’t have to worry about their spouse or children while they’re working. 

"What safer place than with another law enforcement family,” Butler said.

In addition to organizing the housing program with Texas police departments, local first responders are also coordinating a drive to get clean clothes and gear to Houston police.

"How do you have that clean shirt each day knee deep in some stagnant water,” Butler said.

FOP President Dan Hils said Cincinnati Public Schools are helping with the cause by making sure Texas kids staying in Cincinnati don’t have to put their education on hold.

"We will see that they get fed, clothed, entertained on occasion. Whatever it takes for them to feel at home. That's our commitment,” Hils said.

Butler said they’re trying to raise $50,000 in order to see the initiative come to fruition.

If you’re interested in donating, there is an account at Cincinnati Police Credit Union. Checks can also be dropped off at the Amberley Police Department or the FOP office.