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Lack of funding means closure of Salvation Army BEDS shelter

July 26, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - A Salvation Army emergency drop-in shelter program for homeless Maui men will be shutting down at the end of the month due to cost issues.

Many of them, however, may not lose the temporary roof over their heads; the Family Life Center in Kahului is ready to open a new facility for men at the beginning of August.

The Salvation Army's Booth Emergency Drop-In Shelter (BEDS) program has provided a place to stay, shower facilities, and breakfast and a snack to 28 men for a few nights at a time for the last three years, said Maj. Iva West, Salvation Army Maui County Corps officer.

The Salvation Army has been receiving an annual $90,000 grant, which did not cover the entire cost of running the program. The nonprofit agency could not continue to fill in the financial shortfall.

Costs related to liability and the maintenance of the facility were major factors.

Those in the BEDS program are homeless due to substance and drug abuse, mental health issues and the high cost of housing, said West.

West said that the Salvation Army will continue to operate the William Booth Safe Haven, a drop-in center that provides basic services to the homeless, including hot meals, showers, laundry facilities, substance abuse counseling, telephone facilities to help the unemployed in job searches and referrals to community resources.

 
 

 

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