LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Lawrence city commissioners have approved giving $100,000 to a homeless shelter that supporters say is in a crisis situation.
Joe Baker, treasurer of the Lawrence Community Shelter’s board, told commissioners Tuesday that the shelter needed $100,000 to avoid being broke for much of in April before receiving more grants.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that commissioners agreed to take the money out of a $300,000 reserve fund that gets its money from the liquor drink tax. Commissioners did not make any commitment for future funding.
The shelter successfully raised $1.3 million to buy and renovate a building near the Douglas County Jail in eastern Lawrence to replace its current downtown shelter. That depleted the shelter’s reserves, but shelter leaders said will be aggressive in future fundraising to improve finances.