Cash-strapped Toledo homeless shelter closes

Some homeless people in Toledo will be out in the cold for the rest of the winter because the city's emergency shelter is out of money.
Associated Press
Feb 14, 2013

 

The executive director of the shelter at St. Paul's Community Center said the "winter crisis" overnight shelter will close Sunday because funding has run out.

Marcia Langenderfer said shelter funding has been cut by cash-strapped social service agencies this year. She said about $13,000 is needed to operate it through February.

Langenderfer said officials had hoped to raise more money through donations to extend the program, but contributions never materialized.

The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/YfjJJn ) reports that more than 900 people stayed overnight at the 50-bed shelter in January, far outpacing demands of previous winters. February's numbers also appear to be higher than normal.

 

Comments

grandmasgirl

I hate to see this happen, but a lot of people just can't afford to give to charities like they used to. Working people have seen their paycheck dwindle because of more taxes. There are also more and more people willing to let someone else take care of their needs. Some honestly cannot take care of themselves, but so many more are just not willing to try.

reader

Anyone know if our city still has the homeless camp out in the woods south of Venice Road by Tofts?

rottnrog

St. Paul’s Community Center will be able to continue operating its emergency shelter program for Toledo’s homeless through February, thanks to a last minute, $13,000 grant from the Lucas County Economic Development Corp.

http://www.toledoblade.com/local...

9299

I'm not sure it is always taxes that do people in. In fact, we are at the some of the lowest tax rates in years. However, the stagnant wages are a bigger culprit.

"The increase in total private-sector wages, adjusted for inflation, from the start of 2001 has fallen far short of any 10-year period since World War II, according to Commerce Department data. In fact, if the data are to be believed, economywide wage gains have even lagged those in the decade of the Great Depression (adjusted for deflation)."

"That excess supply of labor has given employers the upper hand in holding back wage gains." This refers to excess labor caused by job losses during the recession, and this wage stagnation has occurred while American workers continue to be more and more productive in order to increase business profits and returns to shareholders and CEOS.

Of course, the top of the food chain (the "job creators") have seen. . . "From 2009 to 2011, average real income per family grew modestly by 1.7% (Table 1) but the gains were very uneven. Top 1% incomes grew by 11.2% while bottom 99% incomes shrunk by 0.4%. Hence, the top 1% captured 121% of the income gains in the first two years of the recovery." Sure wish some of those job creators would use their excess income gains to help those who are working to make them richer.

24productions

900 people?,...50 beds? WTF? I can't figure the math.

24productions

However, I can figure the math on the amount of "Help Wanted" signs, AND, "For Rent" signs that plague the city...in and out. If it's too good to be true?...well you know the rest.