On Thursday, October 20, 2016, the Heart of Illinois United Way Board of Directors voted to restore $25,000 in funding to The Salvation Army to support a day drop-in center for the local homeless population. This restoration of funding is in collaboration with the City of Peoria and Peoria County to provide resources to The Salvation Army to reopen the day drop-in center. During the next year, discussions will continue with various stakeholders to develop the best strategy to increase the percentage of homeless individuals and families moving to permanent housing.
For decades, United Way partner agencies have provided services for the homeless. Due to a realignment of grants by the federal government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), funding for The Salvation Army, who was managing the day drop-in center, ended the summer of 2016. With cold weather approaching, reopening the center is a critical health and human care need in central Illinois.
Total dollars needed to operate the day drop-in center for the next 12 months is $152,720. Funding released by the Heart of Illinois United Way is contingent upon approval of $63,860 by the Peoria City Council on Tuesday, October 25 and approval of an additional $63,860 by the Peoria County Board on Thursday, November 10.
Upon approval of funding, the Heart of Illinois United Way will administer and provide program oversight on behalf of the partners. Opening in November, the day drop-in center will provide basic services including meals, showers, storage, mail service and case management from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days per week. Continue reading