Uvalde commissioners agree to purchase facility for post-shooting community support services


Uvalde County Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to purchase a building to house community support services. It’s the latest step in healing a community still reeling from the May shooting at Robb Elementary School that killed 19 students and two teachers.

Uvalde County Judge William Mitchell said the facility, which formerly housed the First State Bank of Uvalde, will cost an estimated $700,000 to purchase.

“The Office of the Governor has given us a grant towards this purchase,” Mitchell said. “So today’s recommendation is that we approve the purchase of the building to be used as a resiliency center in Uvalde County.”

Earlier this month, Gov. Greg Abbott’s office announced a $5 million investment a long-term “resilience center” in the community. According to the governor’s office, the center’s goal is to provide “ongoing mental health and other support resources” — including help with insurance claims, childcare and general expenses — to those affected by last month’s shooting.

The Uvalde Together Resiliency Center operated temporarily at the county fairgrounds while officials tried to secure a permanent location.

Mitchell said some of the grant money will be used to help fund the cost of refurbishing the former bank, although the price of that refurbishment is currently unknown. The commissioners also approved a short-term lease for the property to begin work on the building while the sale is completed.

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