Non-Profits Facing Cuts
Non-profits in North Central Florida could face some cuts of their own.
Kent Vann, executive director of Gainesville's Saint Francis House, wasn't happy this week when his kitchen almost ran out of food. More than two hundred people rely on him for meals each day, he says. And donations seem to be trickling in a lot slower and in smaller quantities than usual.
"We're providing the meals," said Vann. "We're providing the housing. We're providing case management. We're providing out-posting for other agencies, and we're just not funded to do it."
In 2006, the Gainesville City Commission allocated $20,000 a year in grants to help out Saint Francis House in Gainesville. This year, they're looking at cutting that down to $12,000. It's a potential cut that Saint Francis House leaders call unfair and unnecessary.
City officials say they can relate to Vann's concerns. They blame potential cuts at the city level on decisions made at the state level. City leaders like Jack Donovan are looking at a two million dollar deficit this year.
"I don't blame him for feeling a great deal of anxiety about the future of Saint Francis House," said Donovan. "I think he may be pointing the finger in the wrong direction. But I think when you point your finger, you usually point at the nearest source that has been helping you and maybe won't be helping you."
Saint Francis House isn't the only non-profit facing a cut in city grant money. Bread of the Mighty Food Bank could get cut by $3,000. Meanwhile, the city's homeless initiative may go up $23,000. Budget workshops are set to begin next Tuesday at 9 am.
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