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February 19, 2014

Officials announce closure of emergency shelter for homeless families

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Officials announced Wednesday afternoon that they have begun preparations to close an emergency shelter for families in an 11-county area and they no longer will accept applicants for housing.

It’s a move that was not totally unexpected, as officials with Southeast Kansas Community Action Program had said last fall that they anticipated the primary source of funding for CHOICES in Pittsburg to end March 31.

The shelter serves about 300 individuals per year.

According to Director Steve Lohr, the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation in Topeka announced last year that it planned to cut in half the annual CSBG funding granted to SEK-CAP.

SEK-CAP annually receives about $743,000 for various programs for low-income residents, including Tenant Based Rental Assistance, the homeless shelter and general public transit. Officials anticipate the cuts, depending on several variables, to be between $371,000 and $396,000.

For the past two months, SEK-CAP engaged individuals, groups, other agencies and Pittsburg State University in conversations about how to operate the shelter without funding from the CSBG.

Officials said Wednesday that they are exploring other options for housing, funding and service provision and ideas an financial contributions still are welcome.


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