Shelter of Flint receives grant from Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund -$10,000 to support alternative shelter solutions due to COVID-19

Flint, MI:  Shelter of Flint has received a grant of $10,000 from the Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund, a partnership of United Way of Genesee County and the Community Foundation for Greater Flint, to support hotel and motel stays for individuals and families in Genesee County who are experiencing homelessness and are unable to stay at the shelter due to COVID-19.

Shelter of Flint has steadily been sheltering families beyond its 70 person capacity over the last month and support to move clients into a hotel will relieve the current strain on resources.

“While shelter providers in the community have been working tirelessly to keep our homeless population safe, the latest surge in COVID cases has put a strain on our isolation rooms and compromised our ability to keep women and families experiencing homelessness healthy and warm,” said Linda Bielskis, Shelter of Flint president and CEO.

“With this generous support, we will be able to move clients into hotels to keep them sheltered when there is not room in the emergency shelter,” Bielskis added.

Since 1983, Shelter of Flint has been providing support to women and families enduring homelessness, with the goal of helping them move to a home of their own.

On Jan. 20,  47 children slept in the shelter.

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