A grant of $55,000 from the Hatton Foundation will enable the James Sauls Homeless Shelter to pay off the mortgage. The shelter, which was officially opened in December of 2008, cost $524,000 to build. In 2007 the Hatton Foundation gave the shelter $200,000 toward that cost of construction. Now the foundation is going to finish paying the mortgage which will free-up money from their operating budget to cover the cost of staffing.
“The money for the monthly mortgage was coming out of the yearly budget,” said executive director Billie Kuntz. “We hope to be able to continue with the staff we have and we will be redirecting the mortgage money to staffing needs.”
During their first year in operation the shelter has been home to 369 people.