Financial shortfall forcing homeless shelter to close

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by TAYLOR VIYDO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 7:28 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A Spokane homeless shelter will likely shut down due to the inability to support the shelter financially.

The owners of Truth Ministries on Sprague Avenue said they have been funding the shelter with their own money and donations. The money is no longer there. Fifty homeless people will now be left without a place to sleep according to leaders at Truth Ministries.

Marty and Julie McKinney run the shelter.  They said the shelter is in need of many repairs. The roof is leaking and it is starting to cave in and they can no longer afford to keep it open.

“We can’t keep saying we’ll get by, we’ll get by. A change has to make or we have to close. Period,” said Marty McKinney.

The Truth Ministries takes in homeless men who arrive intoxicated and nearby Union Gospel Mission does not. Now that the Truth Ministries is closing Gospel Mission is preparing for an influx of guests.

“We’ll definitely have to brace and again the hard and fast rules that we have. We’re always looking at them,” said Dean Whisler of Union Gospel mission.

The shelter said they need about $50,000 a year to stay open.

Truth Ministries said they are set to close at the end of September.

 

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