Emergency shelters receive grants

Emergency shelters receive grants

By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

To ensure necessary services, the city allocated $93,000 for Federal Emergency Shelter Grants Program funds at the end of January.

They are the American Red Cross, $43,752 (essential services and operations); PHASE, $7,336 (operating salaries); Shelter Care Ministries, $10,832 (operations); Rockford MELD, $18,719 (operations); Salvation Army, $4,954 (prevention); and Lydia Home, $6,420 (essential services and operations). All shelters are primary shelters outside the Rockford Rescue Mission.

Vicki Manson, neighborhood development coordinator, noted Housing and Urban Development allocates the funds annually to the city, which applies for the Continuum Care Grant.

“It’s dictated by our census population,” Manson remarked. “The request was done last year for a two-year period, and then proposals are reviewed by the Homeless Task Force. They do an excellent job of determining what the need is in the community. They’re there to make the determinations on who should be funded.”

The task force, which consists of shelter providers, service providers and city employees, makes recommendations to the City Council as to what homeless shelters need.

“These grants make up a small portion of their overall budget,” Manson said. “It’s not nearly covering what they do. They have to provide the match. It helps them deliver better services. All the homeless agencies—they need funding. Without the money, they would have to cut back, I’m sure.”

The agencies rely on state and federal funding and local donations. “They don’t get a lot of donations,” Manson stated.

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