Sunday, December 21, 2008

More info on Task Force shelter

Following up Friday's post, we have an AJC article detailing just how awful the Task Force for the Homeless's finances are:
All total, the shelter owes more than $4.65 million beyond what it costs to operate. Last year, it brought in a little more than $1.1 million, half from contributions and half through grants, but its expenses topped $1.4 million.

“We aren’t current on anything right now,” Beatty said.
They owe the city for water, have federal tax liens, and are behind on two loans.  Yet I am continually perplexed by the Task Force's cavalier attitude about everything:
“The issue is not about our finances. It’s about the political reality and the attacks on us and the homeless people,” Beatty said....

Board Chairman and businessman Bob Cramer shares Beatty’s suspicions.

“A lot of this results from the relentless pursuit by the city to cut off our funding,” he said. “But we’ve hung on for 20 years; we believe we will hang for another 20 years. I don’t care what they do to us, we will find a way [to get funds to operate].”
How, exactly?  It is really hard to read this stuff and not see Beatty as delusional.  Maybe the media is out to get her, too.  

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