Help Shelter Close Funding Gap

Courtesy photo. Alameda County honored Midway Shelter as the county’s highest achieving homeless shelter program for 2013. The Alameda Homeless Network’s co-founder Ginny Krutilek (right) accepted the award with case manager Susan Ong Watson (left center) from Health Care for the Homeless Medical Director Dr. Damon Francis (left) and the county’s EveryOne Home Elaine de Coligny (right center).

Midway earns county’s highest acheivement award.

Midway Shelter, which serves up to 200 women and children each year, is currently facing a $168,000 funding gap. The amount represents about 40 percent of its budget. The shortfall stems from a shift in federal and state funding that has diverted money away from emergency shelters. Alameda County Supervisor, Wilma Chan, the city of Alameda and the Alameda Homeless Network are working with Building Futures with Women and Children to develop solutions that will bridge the funding gap. Building Futures operates Midway.

The community can play a part, too. Donations from individuals are welcome and much needed. Alameda County honored the shelter in June as its highest achieving homeless shelter program for 2013. The award reflects the shelter’s outcomes in terms of shelter clients exiting the shelter for permanent housing, as compared to the county’s other 14 shelters.

"Domestic violence and homelessness affect everyone, and that means that we must all work together to support Midway Shelter during these tough economic times," Chan said. "We are working in partnership with the city of Alameda and other agencies to ensure that all of these women and children have a safe place to go."

"Midway is able to achieve such great outcomes because Alameda cares," says Building Futures’ Executive Director Liz Varela. "The shelter needs Alameda’s help. I hope we can count on the community to donate their dollars to sustain Midway’s vital services."

Donations can be made by logging onto www.midwayshelter.org, by calling 357-0205, ext. 204, or by mailing Midway Shelter, P.O. 951, Alameda, CA 94501.