Grant Awarded to Columbia Homeless Shelters
COLUMBIA - Governor Jay Nixon said Tuesday Rainbow House and the Salvation Army Harbor House in Columbia will receive a total of $82,407 from the state. Rainbow House Executive Director Jan Stock said about $50,000 will be allocated to her shelter. Salvation Army Major K. Kendall Mathews said his shelter will receive the remaining $32,000.
Governor Nixon said the state is awarding almost $1.2 million in assistance to 15 homeless shelters in Missouri. The grant awarded by the Missouri Department of Social Services was made available through the expansion of emergency Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding in the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Stock said the money Rainbow House receives will reimburse costs that have been used toward resident care. None of the money will directly impact the residents, but instead will pay the shelter back for the care it's been providing the recent spike in residents, she added. "The homeless situation has escalated quite a bit in the last couple of years and we are actually serving more children this year than we've served since I've been here in the last five years," Stock said.
Mathews said the funding received from the grant will aid in a new certificate program the Salvation Army staff hopes to launch. The Salvation Army is interested in working with local colleges in Columbia to offer classes for its residents. Mathews said the classes will focus on the employment process, financial independence, faith, and social skills. The grant will initiate the implementation of these classes, he added. "We're teaching these kinds of courses that will help our residents live sustainable lives." Mathews said.