Ocean City Today

Local homeless shelters receive $120K in grants

By Brian Gilliland | Oct 05, 2017

(Oct. 6, 2017) Kim Reynolds, budget accountant, noted in a response to Commissioner Chip Bertino’s question that both the Samaritan Shelter in Pocomoke City and West Ocean City’s Diakonia will get about $10,000 more between them as an annual Emergency Solutions Grant Agreement had increased from last year.

Diakonia is slated to receive $90,200 to Samaritan Shelter’s $29,700. Both provide emergency housing in Worcester, among other services.

Diakonia provides emergency and transitional housing, emergency food services, counseling and other assistance for its guests. It also offers counseling, guidance and assistance to those in danger of becoming homeless.

Samaritan Shelter in Pocomoke City provides shelter to homeless people, offers free hot lunches on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and operates a food bank.

This grant was established as part of the Homeless Housing Act of 1986 and has been modified by other legislation in the past 30 years, but offers a combination of state and federal dollars to support shelter operations.

The two organizations will get grant funding to help defray the costs of running an emergency shelter, while Diakonia only will get additional money for prevention and rapid re-housing.

No money was awarded to either organization for the other areas offered by the grant, such as street outreach, administrative costs and the Homeless Management Information System — a local database containing client information managed by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development department.

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