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Hebron's overflow shelter didn't open on time

With funds still low, target date pushed back

Oct. 30, 2012

It continues to be an uphill battle for Hebron House's overflow shelter.

The shelter, located at the former Northview School, 1721 Northview Road, was scheduled to open Nov. 15.

Despite $70,000 that was recently recommended by the Waukesha County Community Development Block Grant Board to the shelter, that didn't happen.

"The block grant will be used to help with the overflow, but we aren't sure how much (we'll get) because we haven't seen the contract on how the funding has to be used by CDBG," said Cathy Malkani, director of development for Hebron House of Hospitality.

Malkani, however, indicated that she believes the portion they will receive for the overflow shelter will be close to $10,000, which puts Hebron Houses' fundraising efforts at about $16,000 as of late last week.

Malkani said the initial goal was to raise $55,000 to operate from Nov. 15 through April.

Now, that has changed.

She added that if the overflow shelter raises $33,000 it can open for three months from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28.

"We will shoot for that and will continue to solicit funding to stay open until April," Malkani said.

The shelter serves 35 men from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and was at capacity almost every night last year, Malkani said. The need is so great, Malkani said, that some men even had to be turned away. The shelter offers a warm bed, a hot meal, laundry facilities, showers and a breakfast.

Per day, it costs $300 to operate the shelter, she added.

Malkani said receiving more funds continues to be a communitywide effort.

"The local churches are working very hard to help us promote and raise funds," Malkani said.

The Hebron House hasoperated the shelter since 2008.

Hebron House of Hospitality also operates Hebron, Siena and Jeremy Houses in the City of Waukesha. Hebron and Siena serve homeless adult women and families, while Jeremy House serves homeless adults who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.

Malkani said the Women's Emergency Shelters and the Jeremy House have received CDBG funds for many years, but acknowledged this year the CDBG board decided to increase the allocation to the Hebron House over last year because the overflow shelter was not in the County's budget to support at the same level it did last year.

Hebron House of Hospitality has started a fundraiser called Rest Assured? To donate, call (262) 522-1403 or visit razoo.com/story/Winter-Overflow-Shelter.

How to help

The Hebron House of Hospitality is well below the $55,000 needed to operate its winter overflow shelter.

If you would like to make a donation, call (262) 522-1403 or visit razoo.com/story/Winter-Overflow-Shelter.

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