When the City of Cape Girardeau and four other agencies applied for the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) from the state of Missouri, not all of the applicants’ programs were funded. Grant funding, which comes to the state from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is used to stabilize families in financial crisis and alleviate homelessness. The matching grant was awarded as follows:
- Salvation Army for Street Outreach, $4,799.90
- Community Caring Council for Rapid Re-Housing, $48,500.00
- Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri for Homelessness Prevention, $48,500.00
- City of Cape Girardeau for Grant Administration, $5,089.00
Safe House for Women’s grant for emergency sheltering remained unfunded. Allison Leonard with the Safe House said at a recent City Council meeting that her agency will overcome the challenges associated with the loss of this funding. She further reported the state’s intent to find funding elsewhere for the Safe House and other rural agencies across the state that did not receive funding from this round of ESG funding.
Funded programs include efforts to prevent homelessness and to reach-out to those who are already homeless.
“Our plan to serve the literally homeless community is very intentional; we would build relationships and trust through providing meals, blankets, socks, winter coats to them on a weekly basis,” said the Salvation Army in the grant documentation. “We would also like to help them find permanent housing for those who have income but maybe need some direction.”
All programs have an end goal of helping individuals and families become self-sufficient.
At the March 3, 2014 City Council meeting, Mayor Harry Rediger proclaimed the City’s appreciation of the Safe House for Women’s service to the women and children of the Cape Girardeau County area. The Safe House for Women, Inc. has partnered with the City of Cape Girardeau to provide assistance to women and their children who are victims of domestic and sexual violence who are fleeing a dangerous living situation for over twenty years.