The Choices Family Emergency Shelter in Pittsburg, a shelter that provides emergency shelter services for up to 12 families a night will be closing at the end of the month. Becky Gray, the director of the Southeast Kansas Community Action Partnership; the foundation that supports the shelter, tells News Talk KZRG they'll be closing their doors because the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation is restructuring the way they allocate funds.
"The result is about $500,000 will be leaving southeast Kansas."
There is light at the end of the tunnel. Gray says thanks to a $60,000 grant through the Emergency Solutions fund of the KHRC, they'll be able to reopen from May through July. She tells News Talk KZRG what'll be happening while the shelter is closed, in addition to cleaning up the place.
"The United Way has agreed to help convene all the helping agencies. The goal is to get commitments from all of these different helping agencies to kind of
infuse the shelter with a variety of services so it wouldn't just be a SEK-CAP shelter."
Gray says they'll be reapplying for a grant next month that, if received, would reassure the shelter would be able to stay open for another year. If you'd like to help out, they're looking for volunteers to help clean. You can contact Becky Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org or donate at sek-cap.com.