SE Kansas homeless shelter prepares to shut down

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PITTSBURG, Kansas (AP) — A shelter for homeless families in 11 southeast Kansas counties is preparing to close as its funding from the state declines.

The Choices shelter in downtown Pittsburg is operated by the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program and serves about 350 people a year. It already closed briefly once this year but reopened after a fresh infusion of money.

The Joplin Globe reports the shelter will now close for good the afternoon of July 15. The shelter has seven employees and housed 26 children and adults in nine families as of July 1.

The shelter has depended on Community Services Block Grant funds administered by the Kansas Housing Resources Corp. to cover its annual shortfall of about $190,000. But a change in the state agency’s grant formula cut that funding.

 

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