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News Date: October 29, 2018
City to Provide Funds for repairs and updates to YMCA Family Center and Other Partner Agencies of the Community Shelter Board
In its largest award ever, the city will provide $760,000 in funds to agencies to upgrade facilities that provide shelter and other services to Columbus’ most vulnerable residents. The funding has been awarded to emergency shelters that serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
“Our shelters help stabilize families in desperate circumstances,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “Investments in these shelters are investments in our most vulnerable residents as they work to find services and solutions to get back on their feet.”
The YMCA’s Van Buren shelter will upgrade its kitchen, which allows it to continue to serve families with children, as well as single adult men and women. The new upgrades could also create employment opportunities in the future. The YWCA Family Center plans to replace exterior door locks and upgrade its bathrooms with the additional funding. Funds for Lutheran Social Services’ Faith Mission on 8th Avenue and Friends of the Homeless, a program of Southeast, Inc., will see upgrades in bathrooms, laundry rooms, new lighting and a fire pump replacement.
“This additional funding is coming at a critical time for our community and for individuals who are homeless,” said City Councilmember Priscilla Tyson. “We want to provide the resources that will allow shelters to assist their clients in achieving stability and staff to focus on client services in a safe welcoming facility.”
The funds are from the Capital Improvement Bond Funds for Emergency Shelter Repair.
“This investment couldn’t come at a better time,” said Michelle Heritage, executive director of Community Shelter Board. “Wear and tear on shelter facilities is extreme. We are grateful to Mayor Ginther and Columbus City Council for investing in safe, decent shelters as a safety net for our most vulnerable neighbors.”