Grand Junction Homeless Shelter Pleads For City Help To Stay Open

January 5, 2016

HomewardBound, Grand Junction’s homeless shelter, is serving more people every day and the cost is quickly eating through the nonprofit’s funds. The Grand Junction City Council discussed the shelter’s situation and a funding request to keep the doors open during a workshop meeting Monday night.

HomewardBound board member Bill Wade, in a letter to city council, reported the agency served 112,000 meals last year and provides beds to more than 150 people a night.

The Daily Sentinel reports HomewardBound had an operating loss of more than $50,000 last year, which it made up for by dipping into its reserves.

Wade said HomewardBound has cut staff, but cannot make more cutbacks and still maintain a safe facility.  

“We’ve cut everything else to the bone," he told the Daily Sentinel. "These people [clients] need basic services.”

He says the agency is operating on the last $11,000 in reserve funds.

The City Council says it will decide at its Wednesday night meeting whether it can loan or give the requested $44,000 for day-to-day shelter operations. 

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