Homeless shelter in row over funding

Homeless shelter in row over funding

The only homeless centre in Butler County, Pennsylvania, could lose more than half of its funding because of a row over an anti-discrimination government contract.

According to this report, the faith-based Grace Youth and Family Foundation’s Winter Relief Center, headed by Bill Halle, above, was in line for about $35,000 from the Butler County Department of Human Services, provided it sign a hiring contract that forbids discrimination based on race, colour, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or non-job related handicap or disability.

But Halle said he cannot sign a contract in which the county stipulates hiring criteria that interferes with the group’s religious beliefs.

We have a statement of faith that Jesus Christ is the center of everything we do. We want the opportunity to talk about it. You cannot have a Muslim within our organization. Our faith is central to what we do.

We will not hire people or employ services that are in opposition to our faith, which is a legally allowable exception to discrimination laws for faith-based organizations.

The county says the contract is standard for any non-profit organisation — faith-based or not – that gets government funding.

Joyce Ainsworth, Butler County’s Director of Human Services, said that, because the shelter had grown is size, it had been asked for the first time this year to sign a contract.

I thought it needed to be more accountable as it got larger.

6 responses to “Homeless shelter in row over funding”

  1. Broga says:

    “We have a statement of faith that Jesus Christ is the center of everything we do. We want the opportunity to talk about it.”

    What Halle wants is money from the public purse so that he can help homeless people but only if he is allowed the opportunity to convert them to his beliefs. I can see the attraction for him. Vulnerable, desperate people dependent on him and no doubt ready to meet his faith agenda if it puts a roof over their heads.

    Jesus is the centre of everything they do and I guess that means Halle being able to unload his religious wittering until his victims are stunned into acquiescence.

  2. Rob Andrews says:

    What’s even worse is when they make the homeless people theat live there go to bible study. As one place in Los Angeles did to me in the 1970’s. Of course I couldn’t just leave-but eventually I got kicked out for questioning the received information spoon fed to me.I nearly got in a fight with the ‘pastore’.

    This place was getting a lot of California funding.I did report it to the state agency.

    And from the hobo grapevine most places did the same-at least in L.A.. Many were placed in those places by county mental health facilities. And were told that they should “pretend to be Chreistian”.

  3. AgentCormac says:

    OT – two more secularists hacked to death in one day in Bangladesh.

  4. dennis says:

    Bill call the church’s in the area, your god will provide and don’t forget the mosques.

  5. Laura Roberts says:

    We need an alternative to these homeless shelters. To their credit, I’ve not seen much prostelytizing at the places where I’ve volunteered, but the shelters typically are poorly funded and the food is not especially healthy. Most of the people who stayed more than a few days had noticeable mental health issues — anything from socially questionable behavior to periodic catatonia. More than a few were veterans.

    We all know too well that religion is not a cure for these ills: religious indoctrination is the very antithesis of self-reliance and mental clarity. If the goal is to reduce the human cost, then it seems to me that the solution begins with government programs to address mental health, physical health and employability.