Due to a State budget deficit, earmark funding in line item 7004-0102 designated for Homeless Individuals Assistance is on hold. This includes $200,000 designated for Craig’s Doors. For the past three years, Craig’s Doors has used this funding to operate Craig’s Place, Amherst’s emergency homeless shelter. The governor’s administration will reach a decision by December 15, 2016; until then, it is uncertain what will happen. There are three options: 1.) We receive all of our funding. 2.) We take a percentage cut, which may be great or small. 3.) We lose all of our funding.
In the event that funding is not restored, Craig’s Place may have to close during the coldest and most dangerous months of winter. Without Craig’s Place, many individuals will have to sleep outside, and some of them will die.
“We are doing everything we can to keep the shelter open.” Rebekah Wilder, Craig’s Doors Executive Director said.
In addition to communications with the legislature and state, Craig’s Doors is seeking alternative funding sources and cutting expenses.
Today, we are making an appeal to the Hampshire County community: help us keep our doors open. Help us in our mission to support those who are at their most vulnerable. Whether you are able to donate time, money, or material goods, your contribution to our shelter directly translates into another day of operation, another day of saving lives. Each day is significant. In order to remain an accessible resource, we need the support of our community. Your partnership is essential to the furthering of our goal to create housing for those in need.