City of Jackson Considering Funding Options –
The Stewpot Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to postpone the closing of two of its emergency shelters as requested by Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber and the Jackson City Council. The Mayor and the Council requested the extension through November 25th, allowing the city to decide if necessary funds can be found to keep the shelters open. The Stewpot Board voted on October, 15th to close the Brumfield Emergency Shelter for Men and the Matt’s House Emergency Shelter for Women and Children on November 15, unless additional funding was secured by that date. The Stewpot request was necessary due to the federal agency HUD and the United Way changing their funding priorities for 2014.
Stewpot Executive Director Frank Spencer appeared before the City Council and Mayor on Monday to alert them of the response of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors to an identical $100,000 Stewpot request to the County. The Board of Supervisors indicated that they would prefer that the City act first on the matter. Spencer also alerted the Council that time was critical since Stewpot already had to borrow $60,000 just to meet payroll expenses and a large amount of pending bills.
Stewpot currently provides 70% of the emergency shelter spaces for men and 100% of the available space for Women and Children in Jackson. Stewpot told the City that the closures would force that Charity to cease services to approximately 70-80 homeless men, women and children a day.