Gov. Doug Burgum allocated no funds in his budget.
N.D. (AP) - North Dakota lawmakers are considering reducing funding
for homeless shelters around the state.
Bismarck Tribune reports the Commerce Department's education and
environment subcommittee discussed the funding issue last week.
state Legislature has given $2 million and $1.5 million the past two
years in one-time funding for the North Dakota Homeless Grant. This
year, the grant will probably not exceed $300,000.
Commerce Department says that the grant funds outreach and shelters
around the state. It also helps fund a central information system
required before federal funding can be received.
funding discussion comes as police found a homeless man frozen to
death in the city last week.
Doug Burgum did not allot any money for the homeless grant in his
executive budget. That's despite a story he told during his “State
of the State” address in January of a homeless, meth-addicted man
whom he met in Fargo and referred for services.
spokesman Mike Nowatzki says that when the governor was working on
his budget, he was looking for ways to reduce spending, not restore
Fairfield of the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People says the
cuts would affect vulnerable homeless people. Fairfield says that
people will pay with their lives if funding is cut.