Jefferson County Faith-Based Network receives grand funds
Temperatures across Central Oregon are dipping. To help meet the need for homeless people to have a safe, warm place to sleep, NeighborImpact is distributing funds in support of shelters across the region.
The nonprofit was awarded an Emergency Solutions Grant by Housing and Urban Development and is sharing 100% of those funds with partner organizations.
NeighborImpact is passing $107,900 of funds on to nine regional providers offering emergency shelter or street outreach services to people experiencing homelessness in Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes counties, including Jefferson County Faith-Based Network and Saving Grace, Cascade Youth & Family Center - The Loft, Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, THRIVE Central Oregon, Cascade Youth & Family Center - Grandma's House, Dawn's House, Bethlehem Inn and Redemption House.
"We live on donations from people in our community. This will be a huge donation for us, and we are very excited about it,"said Beckie Buss, office manager of LINC-Jefferson County Faith-Based Network. "We will be able to assist (clients) with rent assistance, get them into housing when it becomes available, prevent evictions. We couldn't do this without that money."
A point-in-time count found nearly 900 people experiencing homelessness across Central Oregon last January. This year, several previous providers are finding their capacity to provide shelter more limited. With temperatures dropping rapidly, the need for shelters is urgent.
Representatives from each of the nine shelter-providing organizations attended a celebratory meeting at NeighborImpact's Bend office at 10 a.m. Oct. 24, when they were each presented with an award check.
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