Homeless Shelter Won't Be Taking In Anymore People

The homeless could be out of luck if they're needing to stay at one eastern Kentucky shelter.

With it's future uncertain, officials at the Bell County Homeless Shelter say they're not taking any more people.

The Bell County Homeless Shelter has struggled with funding for years.

Earlier this month, when an agency decided to sever ties with it the shelter officials say their money problems got even worse.

Homeless council chairman David Deitsch says the Bell County Homeless shelter is losing it's case manager.

Two vans used to transport the homeless to potential job interviews and a computer.

Officials at the Kentucky Communities Economic Opportunity Council or KCEOC say the shelter was using the case manager to run the shelter.

“You have to separate case management funds from shelter operations funds. The shelter in Bell County gets separate funding to operate with and that's what they're supposed to use,” Paul Dole said.

They say state housing officials threatened to pull all their funding if the problem wasn't corrected.

“Informed us we had to correct the situation or risk losing our funding for all eight counties,” Dole said.

With their future uncertain, shelter officials say they're not taking in anymore people.

KCEOC officials say they'll still help residents find jobs.

“The services will continue to be provided there in Bell County, temporarily, they'll be working directly under our supervision until we can find another agency to partner with,” Dole said.

The homeless council's chairman says he's willing to work with other agencies . . but he's not very optimistic.

“Regardless whether we work this out or not... funding is going to be the problem. Because right now we're not getting enough funds to have a paid staff,” David Deitsch said.

The shelter council's chairman is hoping he can work with other local agencies to get back some of what the shelter has lost.


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  • by Ann Location: Bell County on May 6, 2008 at 10:01 PM
    It is a shame that the Bell Co. shelter gets picked on..I think the reason is, that they are a Christian based shelter. KCEOC wants to work with Bell Whitley, don't know why Mr. Dole beat around the bush, why didn't he just that. Everybody knows this, and I wish the Bell Co. shelter could exist with their funding, like Churches maybe...The compassion will end when Bell Co. Homeless shelter has to close for good..No one else will be as compassionate and caring, and that should mean something..Pray for the shelter to remain as it is, not turned over to the heartless.

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