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Leon County Commission approves $100K grant for Kearney Center

Kearney Center gets another $100,000 to keep the doors open
Posted: 6:40 PM, Mar 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-15 22:40:02Z
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Tallahassee center, serving the needs of the homeless, gets another $100,000 to keep the doors open.

In 2014, the City of Tallahassee, Leon County, and the United Way of the Big Bend, came together to support the construction costs of building the new Kearney Center, an emergency homeless shelter.

The contribution was a commitment of $100,000 each year for five years.

This week, the group Connecting Everyone With Second Chances or CESC, went back to the commission asked for another five years of dedicated dollars for debt reduction, and got it.

CESC officials say, the city and county's commitment is amazing.

"Our operations are not possible without the commitment of the city and the county. It's a group effort to insure that this is a continual service to support Tallahassee for years to come," said Monique Ellsworth, Executive Director of CESC.

The Kearney Center is the only emergency homeless shelter between Pensacola and Gainesville. That's nearly 400 miles.