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Editorial: Horizon House, Turning Point worthy of more funding help

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Horizon House and Turning Point Domestic Violence Services play important roles in the Bartholomew County community, and each year they receive support through local fundraisers.

Now they need help from residents again.

At the end of June, Human Services Inc. is losing two Housing and Urban Development grants totaling $125,000 because HUD is changing priorities. The majority of that money is used to support around-the-clock staffing at Horizon House, a Columbus-based homeless shelter, and to help transition people to stable housing by paying the first month’s rent and utilities.

Unless all or most of the funding can be replaced, third-shift staffing at Horizon House could be cut, affecting people seeking late-night emergency shelter, and money won’t be available to transition clients.

Turning Point is affected because it will lose a subgrant of more than $30,000 from Human Services. That money is used for staffing and programming at its domestic violence shelter, including support groups, safety planning, tutoring and access to other resources. Unless the funding can be replaced, staffing and programming will be affected.

To their credit, Human Services/Horizon House and Turning Point are seeking funding outside state and federal grants to support their efforts, but that may not be enough.

Local residents have previously committed support to these organizations by attending the Empty Bowls and Dance Marathon fundraisers. Horizon House and Turning Point receive money from Empty Bowls, along with two other organizations, while Dance Marathon supports Turning Point.

The Bartholomew County community has a rich history of helping worthy causes. Here are two more opportunities to help.

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