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Guilford County homeless providers receive $1.4 million

HUD recently awarded renewal funds for existing homeless programs as part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Continuum of Care Grants. Homeless service providers in Guilford County received a total of $1,449,318 — a modest increase of $8,244 overall from 2009. Most homeless service providers received the same funding as last year. With non-profits scrambling to find money in a depressed economy, the HUD grant awards are welcome news.

Here is a list of the Guilford County providers who received renewal funding, along with the amount each received this year and last year:

HOMELESS SERVICE PROVIDER PROGRAM NAME 2009 HUD AWARD 2010 HUD AWARD
Alcohol and Drug Services of Guilford, Inc.

Project Home Front

SHP

$34,996

$34,996

Family Service of the Piedmont, Inc.

Clara House: emergency shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence in Greensboro

SHP

$70,218

$70,218

Greensboro Housing Authority

Grace Homes: housing program for chronically homeless single adults with physical, mental or substance abuse disabilities in Greensboro

S+CR

$0

$21,996

Greensboro Housing Authority Home at Last: permanent
supportive housing program for homeless people in Greensboro

S+CR

$121,548 $0
Greensboro Housing Authority

Housing Opportunities: permanent supportive housing program for homeless people in
Greensboro

SHP

$477,369

$477,369

Greensboro Housing Authority

Mary’s Homes: scattered site
single-family homes in High Point for homeless, substance abusing mothers in recovery, and their children

S+CR

$316,152

$423,948

Greensboro Urban Ministry

Partnership Village:
transitional housing for formerly homeless individuals and
families in Greensboro

SHP

$59,850

$59,850

Joseph’s House, Inc.

Joseph’s House Young Adult Independent Living
Program:
permanent, supportive housing program for homeless young adults in Greensboro who are: 1) chronically homeless, or 2) victims of domestic violence, or 3)
disabled

SHP

$43,730

$43,730

Mary’s House, Inc.

Mary’s House: transitional
housing for mothers in recovery from substance abuse, and their
minor children; located in Greensboro

SHP

$135,982

$135,982

Open Door Ministries of High Point, Inc.

Arthur Cassell Memorial Transitional Housing
Program:
transitional living facility in High Point for homeless recovering addicts and alcoholics

SHP

$48,919

$48,919

Open Door Ministries of High Point, Inc.

HMIS – High Point: homeless management information system

SHP

$13,750

$13,750

The Salvation Army

Case Management/After-Care

SHP

$19,274

$19,274

The Servant Center, Inc.

Servant House: transitional housing program for disabled homeless men in Greensboro

SHP

$47,586

$47,586

Youth Focus Inc.

Youth Focus Transitional Living Program :
serves homeless young women in Greensboro ages 16-21

SHP

$51,700

$51,700

$1,441,074

$1,449,318

NOTES (from HUD.gov):

  • S+CR: Shelter Plus Care Program provides rental assistance for hard-to-serve homeless persons with disabilities in connection with supportive services funded from sources outside the program.
  • SHP: The Supportive Housing Program helps develop housing and related supportive services for people moving from homelessness to independent living. Program funds help homeless people live in a stable place, increase their skills and their income, and gain more control over the decisions that affect their lives.

» Click here to see all 2010 grant awards of HUD’s web site.

 

Merry Christmas from Burrito Bikers

Via email from Hayes Holderness of Greensboro Burrito Bikers:

 

image credit: Hayes Holderness, Burrito Bikers

Another great morning [Saturday, 12/18/2010]. We served around 60+ people, but had plenty of food due to a number of new volunteers today. So great to see the spirit spread to others. I even had a couple of new guys bike with me (Larry and Andrew).

Don and Shawn and Sarah are very close to getting out of the woods and into housing as of January 1. Many people have helped donate to gifts for Shawn/Sarah’s boys. Lee showed up just for fellowship – didn’t want to take food because he’s inside and has a job, that he’s very proud of. Shorty said he got a settlement on his car lawsuit and plans to put the money to use to help other homeless. Other guys from Winter Emergency shelters showed up to have coffee but didn’t want to take burritos – the homeless look out for each other in this way. Most are very caring and are so appreciative of any caring extended their way…

We also had Christmas music this morning. I took an old boombox and made up some CD’s, both with traditional hymnals as well as popular cheery Christmas songs. People really liked it. A few were singing amonst themselves.

Finally, for those of you who don’t often visit our wiki page, and might think of joining us this Saturday morning, which is Christmas: We will NOT be at our regular spot. There are some churches getting together to sponsor a seated Christmas breakfast at the Methodist Church (302 W Market St) at 9:00 am Christmas morning. So we will take our burritos there and help serve and enjoy the Christmas spirit. Anyone is welcome, and you don’t need to bring anything. Come for as long or as short as you can stay – they expect the whole service, including breakfast, singing, and some gift giving will take a couple of hours.

We’ll be back at [the sidewalk outside Center City] park on New Year’s Day, at 8:00[am].

Merry Christmas to all. :)

Note: I deleted a paragraph about a gift a homeless man made as a surprise for someone. I hope to write about that one later, when I know it’s been delivered.

» Visit Greensboro Burrito Bikers wiki page
» Visit Greensboro Burrito Bikers Facebook group

Some homeless sleep in chairs at packed Greensboro shelter

As the weather gets bitterly cold, Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Weaver House is packed with homeless people desperate to stay warm. The shelter has beds for 100 people, but recently there have been as many as 65 additional people seeking shelter at night. Some sleep on mats on the floor in the lobby area, but there are only so many mats to go around, so others sleep on blankets and chairs.

“I’ve worked here at Weaver House for seven years and this is the largest numbers that I’ve seen in a while,” said Tammy Davis, case manager at Weaver House.

» See News2 video or continue reading”Homeless Sleep on Floor, Chairs At Overcrowded Shelter”

Note: The 165 homeless people at Greensboro’s Urban Ministry’s Weaver House shelter is in addition to the 100+ homeless people in winter emergency (WE) shelters located in seven Greensboro churches. And those numbers are homeless adults only. There are separate shelters for homeless families. (And for a number of reasons, there are still homeless people outside.)