Center gets money to shelter homeless

Posted: Monday, January 31, 2005

The LeeShore Center in Kenai recently received $73,791 of a $3.7 million Housing and Urban Development grant to Alaska agencies to provide shelter and care to people without homes.

Formerly known as the Women's Resource and Crisis Center, LeeShore will use the money for operating costs at its transitional housing facilities, according to Cheri Smith, center executive director.

HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson said Alaska will receive $3,776,860 of $1.4 billion awarded nationally.

At LeeShore, the money will be used for maintenance and utility expenses at the T-House and Independent Living Apartments transitional living facilities, Smith said.

The funds also will be used to provide life skills training to women, including job search preparation, resume writing and transportation to job interviews.

T-House, a facility for women and children, is a 12-bed converted duplex where clients can learn back-to-school and back-to-work skills.

The Independent Living Center is for people who are homeless or have substance abuse issues, and can sleep 13 women and children, according to Smith.

The complex has one two-bedroom and three one-bedroom apartments, where clients can stay at reduced rent for up to two years.

In addition to transitional housing, LeeShore operates a 32-bed shelter that provides safety and support to victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.

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