[Hpn] Gates Foundation gives "homeless" $1.7 million (fwd)

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Wed, 14 Feb 2001 17:45:51 -0800 (PST)

On balance, do Microsoft & the Gates Foundation truly "help" homeless people? Why or why not? http://newsfinder.arinet.com/fpweb/fp.dll/$stargeneral/htm/x_dv.htm/_ibyx/cg0302 6/_itox/starnet/_svc/news/_Id/702656163/_k/7qNJ3Ru1weA6uruR FWD Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Feb 13 2001 Photo Advisory CAH101-103 of 2-12 GATES FOUNDATION GIVES $1.7 MILLION FOR HOMELESS By MIA PENTA - Associated Press Writer SEATTLE (AP) _ The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given $1.7 million to help the homeless _ the first step of its five-year, $40 million Sound Families program. The grants go to services such as child care and job training and construction for five housing projects in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. ``We hope this program will help increase the positive impact these organizations are having _ helping homeless families in our communities to stay together and work toward self-sufficiency,'' Bill Gates, Sr., foundation co-chairman and CEO, said Monday. The majority of the money goes to transitional housing, where families can stay for two years, and housing for those making less than $16,000 a year, said Cynthia Parker, executive director of Seattle Office of Housing. The Gates Foundation partnered with the three counties, Tacoma, Seattle and the University of Washington for the Sound Families program, which was announced in June, Parker said. King County Executive Ron Sims, Pierce County Executive John Ladenberg and Seattle Mayor Paul Schell attended Monday's event. Seattle Emergency Housing Services and Low Income Housing Institute received nearly $736,000 for a 51-unit apartment complex. Construction for Meadowbrook View is expected to be open by 2002, said Sharon Lee, executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute. The Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center received more than $406,000 to build provide transitional housing to families in a 96-unit building at the site of its new center in Seattle. Construction could be finished by the end of 2002, said Ed Freedman, executive director of the center. Housing Hope will build an 11-unit apartment building to help teen mothers in Everett. The organization received nearly $190,000 from the foundation and expects construction to begin by the end of this summer. St. Stephen's Housing Association received nearly $114,000 for social services catered to single mothers and to renovate a 12-unit apartment building in Auburn. The first family has already been placed in a home there, said Joan Mladineo, president of the association. The foundation gave $290,000 to Vision House, which plans housing and services for 12 single mothers in Renton. ``I can't tell you, it was hell,'' said Vision House resident Carrie Lantrip, who described the lice- and flea-infested homes she lived in after her husband abandoned her 10 years ago. She moved into a Vision House shelter, which she said helped lead to her college graduation, a career as a youth pastor and her latest success _ her 1-month old son, Joseph. On behalf of Vision House, Lantrip's 12-year-old daughter, Angela Hoel, presented Gates with a brick engraved with the foundation's name. It will be placed in the courtyard of Vision House's new facility. She also gave him a large Valentine's Day thank-you note made by children in the program. ____ On the Net: http://www.soundfamilies.org http://www.gatesfoundation.org AP-WS-02-13-01 0207EST Received Id AP101044FBE579F3 on Feb 13 2001 01:08 END FORWARD **In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without charge or profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this type of information for non-profit research and educational purposes only.** Visit HPN for CONSTANTLY UPDATING NEWS on Homeless People: *************************************************************** Over 10,000 articles by or via homeless & ex-homeless people Been Homeless? Then JOIN! EMAIL Tom Boland <wgcp@earthlink.net> Nothing About Us Without Us - Democratize Public Policy ***************************************************************