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News Date: October 27, 2017
City to Provide Additional Funds to Boost Programs at Maryhaven and Other Partner Agencies of the Community Shelter Board
The City of Columbus will award $566,946 to local social service agencies to help with structural improvements and other capital restorations at homeless shelters and addiction treatment centers. The funds are from the Capital Improvement Bond Funds for Emergency Shelter Repair.
“Some of Columbus’ most vulnerable residents are homeless and often suffering from addiction,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “Our social service agencies need resources to provide for their basic needs. We moved unspent funds earmarked for other projects to assist our partners in their important work.”
Maryhaven, a residential treatment center that helps lead the fight in opioid addiction, will receive an additional $158,000 for interior improvements that includes renovation of the admissions area and kitchens in the facility. The additional funding will allow Maryhaven to direct more funding toward the opioid addiction treatment.
“Maryhaven strives to be a ‘haven’ where all receive hope to heal,” said Shawn Holt, President and CEO of Maryhaven. “We are truly grateful for the funds awarded to Maryhaven’s Engagement Center through the City of Columbus Shelter Capital RFP. Our goal is to provide a safe, healthy and therapeutic environment for recovery. These funds will help us to invest in the people we serve with the positive regard they deserve.”
Four other partner agencies of the Community Shelter Board will receive more than $400,000 to make repairs and upgrades to ensure the emergency shelters is safer for both single adults and families with children. The funding will help improve heating and cooling efficiency; provide flooring for resident rooms and a childcare center; and repair playground fencing and childcare center prep stations.
“These funds will allow our partner agencies to make repairs and improvements to six different shelters,” said Michelle Heritage, executive director of Community Shelter Board. “We are grateful to Mayor Ginther and Columbus City Council for this investment to assure that our partner agencies’ shelters are safe and dignified.”
Other agencies receiving funding include: YMCA of Central Ohio-Van Buren Center, LSS Faith Mission, YMCA Family Center and Southeast Men’s Shelter.
“This additional funding is coming at a critical time for our community and for individuals who are homeless or suffering from addiction,” said City Council President Pro Tem Priscilla Tyson. “Providing additional funds for shelter repair will allow these facilities to focus their dollars on the needs of their clients.”