YWCA homeless shelter in need of donations after major funding cuts

LEWISTON, ID - The YWCA is asking for your help as the demand for sheltering the homeless in the community shows no signs of letting up.

The homeless shelter was opened by the YWCA
21 years ago with a Housing and Urban Development grant but has since lost one of it's primary funding sources leaving costs of operations hard to manage.

Previously an Emergency Shelter grant helped with nearly $27,000 worth of maintenance and repair, utilities and case management services, but that grant has been discontinued and the homeless shelter remains at full capacity with reduced funding.

"We have a consistent demand for our homeless shelter," said YWCA Executive Director Sylvia Evers. "We have a waiting list and as soon as a shelter unit becomes available we'll fill it."

Evers said because there is limited lodging money available through the YWCA, and since there is no rental assistance money available at this time for Idaho residents in this area, donations are vital in making up for the cost deficit.

The YWCA has reduced case management services and is currently spreading funds to meet requirements. Donations can be made out to the YWCA.