State House News: State funding covers half the costs of homeless services

State funding for emergency homeless shelters covers less than half of the actual costs of providing services, forcing shelter officials to devote significant time to private fund-raising, according to survey results obtained by the News Service.

The survey, conducted by the statewide Coalition for Homeless Individuals, a group of homeless services providers, determined that state reimbursements cover 47 percent of the costs of 3,538 shelter beds available through providers.

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