Oct
16

Group Turns Down City Funds, Will Build Homeless Facility on Main Street

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Alliance rejects river site for shelter

By Adam Beam – The State

The Midlands Housing Alliance will build a homeless shelter at Main Street and Elmwood Avenue — but it will have to go up without Columbia tax dollars.

The coalition of business leaders, pastors and service providers rejected an offer from City Council that would have moved the proposed $15 million shelter to city-owned property by the Broad River.

Members of the housing alliance chose the Main Street site because they would have had to reapply for a crucial $10 million in grant money if they changed locations, alliance chairwoman Cathy Novinger said.

But by rejecting the city’s offer — a $500,000 one-time payment to help build the shelter and another $500,000 per year to help operate it — the alliance turned down public money, which it needs to meet the requirements for the $10 million grant.

The Knight Foundation is offering $5 million to the alliance if it can raise another $5 million by Nov. 15. A portion of the matching $5 million must be public money, but the terms do not say how much or where that public money has to come from.

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