City steps in to cover shortfall in funding for the homeless

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By Matthew Van Dongen

Hamilton is exhausting its reserves to support food banks and add emergency shelter beds because of a drop in provincial homelessness funding.

City councillors recommended Monday using $250,000 in one-time cash to immediately add 10 temporary beds and support workers at Mary’s Place, which had to turn away women seeking shelter 340 times this month alone.

The emergency and community services committee also endorsed tapping reserves in 2014 to cover an expected $2.1-million shortfall in homelessness prevention cash for food banks, the YWCA and disability support clients.

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Article and image source:  The Hamilton Spectator

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