Councilman trying to find money for shelters

A vote has been rescheduled Monday, March 31.

The city's funding for shelters raised concerns for Toledo Councilman Jack Ford at a meeting Tuesday. It's one of the disagreements that delayed a vote on Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins' proposed budget.

Renee Palacios, executive director of the Family House shelter, said her shelter cannot afford any more cuts to the funding they receive from the Department of Neighborhoods.

"We've definitely had our fair share of cuts, $300,000 over the last 3 years and we really cannot afford any more cuts," Ms. Palacios said.

The Citizens Review Commission is recommending that Family House receive about $151,000 in 2014, which is $7,000 less than what the shelter got last year.

In Tuesday's city council session, Councilman Ford attempted to amend the budget to add more money for shelters.

"There's enough money to show that there is compassion for the homeless," Mr. Ford said.

However, Mayor Collins said his budget could not accommodate Ford's request for $140,000 for shelters.

Council president Paula Hicks-Hudson rescheduled the vote for Monday, March 31, the final day that the city council required by law must pass a balanced budget.