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The Haven Requests Funding from City

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The Haven at First and Market provides a safe place for the homeless to receive services to get them back on their feet. The Haven is part of the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless. Kaki Dimock is Executive Director and said after opening its doors a little more than a year ago, the Haven is proving to be a success.

"46 of our guests have found employment. 24 of our guests have gotten into substance abuse treatment. 19 of our guests have found housing and 13 of our guests have gotten a government issued I.D. for the first time in years," Dimock said.

The Haven helps about 85 men and women each day, providing breakfast, a place to shower, and do laundry. The non-profit also offers counseling and ways to find a job. Dimock said their annual operating costs are about $385,000 and is asking Charlottesville's City Council for help.

"For the first time we're applying for direct service dollars in support for the coalition from the City of Charlottesville in the amount of $45,000," Dimock said.

But the city placed a hold on new application requests, only providing financial assistance to organizations the city has helped before.

"And so we sort of froze funding which is fine for the folks who are getting funding but for folks that didn't exist when we started that, they're trying to find a way in," said City Councilor, Kristin Szakos.

Council is in the process of reviewing the 2012 budget. Szakos said this is still the time to ask for financial support.

"As with every agency that we look at we have to look at, is this something that city funds should be used for?" Szakos said.

City Council is planning to meet with members from the Haven this week to talk about the funding request in more detail.

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