Springfield, MO (May 4, 2016) The Salvation Army is seeking additional funding for its Family Enrichment Center after receiving confirmation the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, will not be providing funding for level two housing programs this year. The Family Enrichment Center is one of several programs affected by this announcement.
The Family Enrichment Center is a transitional housing program for families that provides support and practical assistance as they work toward breaking the cycle of homelessness. Families are connected with resources for job training, education and life skills, among others, while they participate in the program. The Salvation Army will lose $103,459.00 as a result of the loss of HUD funding.
“The Family Enrichment Center provides a place for those who are struggling with employment and permanent housing,” said Major Mike Mills, Corps Officer. “This program enables them to have a place to live while they obtain the skills needed to break the cycle of not just homelessness, but of poverty they often find themselves in.”
In addition to The Salvation Army, Harmony House is affected by the change in funding. Harmony House is a sub grantee for the funds The Salvation Army received from HUD in the past.
“In addition to what The Salvation Army is losing, Harmony House lost $48,259.00. We relied on this funding to provide safe transitional housing for domestic violence survivors. Because domestic violence survivor’s come to us with little or no resources, there will always be a need for transitional housing. For us, this kind of program gives survivors adequate time to find safe and permanent housing,” said Lisa Farmer, Executive Director of Harmony House.
For both of our programs, The Salvation Army Family Enrichment Center and Harmony House will need continued local community support so they can continue to provide needed local transitional housing.
“Just as the reasons for poverty exist on a wide spectrum, so, too, do the solutions,” said Mike Brothers, Salvation Army Advisory Board Secretary. “This is where we need the support of the community to ensure these programs are here for those in need.”
“Nationally, there has been a shift in federal funding priorities that focus on permanent housing for the homeless. However, as a true Continuum of Care, we understand that there is a need for diverse programs, including Emergency and Transitional Housing, that can assist families and individuals in their time of need,” stated Michelle Garand, Deputy Director, Affordable Housing and Homeless Prevention.
For more information, please call The Salvation Army Office at (417) 862-5509.
To support the year-round outreach of The Salvation Army financial contributions can be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O Box 9685 in Springfield MO, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by visiting www.salvationarmyspringfield.org – 82¢ of every dollar goes directly toward programs & services that help local Ozarks residents in need.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Services are provided in more than 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army is a partner agency of United Way of the Ozarks.