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C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Family Emergency Shelter Soon to Close

A Pittsburg homeless shelter is closing, leaving residents questioning where they will go next.
PITTSBURG, KS.--- Seven employees and nine families are being forced to leave the C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Family Emergency Shelter.  

"It's very, very sad. There are an average of about 350 people that come through this shelter every year, and the majority of them are children," said Jami Crowder, C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Emergency Shelter.

The shelter is closing after a decision made by they Kansas Housing Resources Corporation changed how the Community Services Block Grant would be funding organizations across the state. 

"When it came down to the end of the money, we're not going to have money to pay people to keep the lights on. We didn't really seem to have a choice but to have to shut the program down," said Crowder. 

C.H.O.I.C.E.S. is the only family homeless shelter in Pittsburg, leaving residents looking for someplace to go. The shelter is assisting families in the search for low-income housing, but options are limited. 

"We will do everything that's in our power, as an organization and as a case manager to try to find these people some place stable and permanent to go," she said. 

Sammi Mathus moved into the shelter with her daughter three days ago. After hearing she only has two weeks to stay at C.H.O.I.C.E.S, she is worried about what will happen next, but wants to stay strong for her daughter.

"I'm out looking for work right now, so I'm hoping that maybe I can get a job before it closes and maybe get another house or see if, you know, there's other opportunities," said Sammi Mathus C.H.O.I.C.E.S. resident.

The closing will officially go into effect on July 15th. SEK-CAP will hold a public hearing to address the loss of funding that afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

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