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April 27, 2013

Crossroads supporters protest county budget decision that could pull plug on emergency youth shelter

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The shelter also has experienced budget cuts in the state contract with OJA over the last five years.

Both Winters and county commissioners have said the agency pays minimal rent for the county-owned facility where the shelter operates.

“I don’t care if Crossroads runs it, as long as it’s a DHS qualified, certified agency that runs it. My concern is the emergency beds for kids,” said County Commissioner Rusty Sullivan. “I just personally don’t want to lose these beds for these kids.”

The Cleveland County Budget Board is not closing the shelter.

“It’s a county-owned building,” said Sullivan. “If their (Crossroads) board elects to close the shelter, I would be very much for going out to bid to keep that shelter open.”

A look at Crossroads’ financials reveals that the agency receives a variety of state and federal funds based on contracts for shelter beds and other services. According to the nonprofit’s 2012 financial statement posted on the agency website, federal contracts make up more than $8.5 million of the agency’s revenue, in-kind contributions come in just over $1.3 million and state contracts contribute over $2.2 million.

Additionally, municipal revenue is $92,000, client fees is $223,143, contributions account for $11,076 and other revenue is $104,988.

“When you work with government dollars at any level, whether it’s local, state or federal, those dollars come with strict regulation on how they can be used,” Winters said. “We have to submit budgets with all those funding agencies and then we get audited to make sure we spend those dollars the way we said we were going to spend those dollars.”

A Juvenile Intervention Center located on Robinson Street is an additional 12-bed, 24-hour facility. The JIC operates out of a city owned building.

“All of our municipal dollars go into the Juvenile Intervention Center,” Winters said. “These programs can’t exist without all these collaborations.”

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