In November, the mother of three — who wouldn’t provide her last name — entered The Salvation Army's emergency housing program in Grand Haven.
The Salvation Army is one of about 16 agencies in Ottawa and Allegan counties that have been allocated to receive $127,190 in direct funding from the National Emergency Food and Shelter Board Program.
For the 2013 fiscal year, qualifying jurisdictions must meet the following criteria: more than 300 unemployed, with a 9.8 percent jobless rate or a 16.3 percent poverty rate.
Liz DeLaLuz, chairwoman of the executive committee for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Ottawa and Allegan counties, said the $127,190 will make an impact despite being a decrease in funding from previous years,
“It’s going to be a huge boost for those people that are providing food, shelter and support,” she said. “It’s a huge impact on us.”
Last year, Ottawa and Allegan counties did not meet the qualifications to receive direct funding. Instead, they received a little more than $49,000 in state set-aside funding, which provides money for programs and agencies that don’t qualify for federal funding.
Capt. Sally Davis of The Salvation Army said recent decreased funding has caused the corps to rely more on donations and community support. This year, the corps will receive about $6,000 for its emergency housing program and about $10,000 for its rent assistance program.
Davis said the Grand Haven corps will be able to help about 20 families with rent assistance.
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