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Bad news for some Albany charities

May 27, 2003

Albany - Some Albany charities may be forced to shut down if city commissioners stop funding the grants they rely on. Tuesday night, representatives of agencies, ranging from the United Way to the Ritz Cultural Center, begged commissioners to continue giving community block grants.

A tight budget is forcing Commissioners to decide between paying for the fair housing program, the emergency housing program, or the grants. Commission could also choose to divide the available $216,000 between all three programs.

"The lagging economy has forced the United Way to apply for the grants for the first time ever," said Linda Humphries with the United Way. "All of these agencies are relying on this funding to continue helping this community."

Commissioners plan to discuss the survival of the fair housing and the public service grants again next week.

Posted at 10:10PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com