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Houston Free Period Products Legislation Annoucement

The City of Houston to Provide Free Period Products in City-Run Buildings

July 17, 2023

During talks about the Fiscal Year 2024 budget on June 7, Houston City Council has reached an agreement to provide FREE period products in more than 30 city-run buildings!

Such city buildings will include facilities and multi-service centers where the Houston Health Department helps those in need within the community through a number of services.

Council Member Abbie Kamin first introduced the amendment as an addition to Mayor Sylvester Turner’s new $6.2 billion budget. She later withdrew the proposal after Turner agreed to have the Houston Health Department handle the logistics and put the plan in motion.

It’s not talked about enough. There’s something called ‘period poverty’ where women in lower income brackets often have to choose between food or period products. So much so that local organizations like [the] National Council of Jewish Women do annual drives for period products to gather supplies for people in need.

Council Member Abbie Kamen

According to Kamin, any menstruator who needs a period product will be able to get it themselves rather than having to ask a city worker.

Kamin expects implementation to begin within the next few months 🥳

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founder + ceo

Hi! I’m Claire. I founded Aunt Flow after getting my period in public without the supplies needed.

At 18 years old, I dedicated my life to developing a solution to ensure businesses and schools could sustainably provide quality period products, for free, in bathrooms. Our products are made with organic cotton and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! Since 2021, we've donated over 5 MILLION period products to menstruators in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®