Grant Helps Local Shelters’ Mission to Decrease Homelessness in Lucas County

June 30, 2014—TOLEDO—Beginning July 1, four local shelters will begin implementing efforts to reduce barriers for homeless families moving into permanent housing.  The efforts are made possible by a $60,000 grant from the Toledo Community Foundation through the ProMedica Advocacy Fund. 

Recipient shelters include Catholic Charities’ La Posada Family Emergency Shelter, Family House, Aurora Project and Bethany House.  Of the 381 families that were housed in these shelters last year, more than 150 faced barriers that delayed their transition into permanent housing by over a week.  Over 80 percent of the families had children under the age of 18.

The grant will be used to assist with utility costs, first month’s rent and other challenges that may hinder families from moving into permanent housing.

“This is an example of agencies coming together to find a way to best serve people in our community while reducing redundancies, cost and inefficiencies,” said Rodney Schuster, executive director of Catholic Charities.  “We are very excited for this partnership and look forward to success and positive results.”

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