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Karim Seleem, a Hampton resident, used to rely on LINK in the winters. He said on Friday that LINK helped him when he had nowhere else he could think of to go.

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Absent some new source of money, the decision could be a fatal blow, she said: "$65,000 will shut down this program."

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His situation is similar to other homeless people who stay at LINK's shelter: a single male with health problems made worse by sleeping in the elements.

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Seleem, 57, said he once had a home and a job doing home improvements, but he lost both in part because of health complications from diabetes.

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Holup said Friday that other groups have been denied funding over missed meetings in recent years, and making an exception in this case would be unfair.

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´╗┐Funding spat could leave Link of Hampton Roads homeless with fewer options

Alan Archer, a Newport News assistant city manager who has worked on homelessness issues, said shutting down LINK's shelter would force a number of people already in desperate circumstance onto the Adidas Maroon Tracksuit

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For almost a quarter century LINK's shelter has provided beds and meals to the homeless in the coldest winter months. Using federal funds, contributions, grants and thousands of volunteer hours, LINK runs a shelter that rotates among 20 Newport News churches.

political tug of war.

Instead, LINK administrators, the shelter managers, missed one too many meetings of a regional group that now determines which Adidas Hoodie Png local homeless providers are eligible to compete for grant dollars.

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Since the consortium adopted new bylaws in 2012, she said, "they've been followed."

Without the emergency winter shelter, they say, there will be a big gap in the local safety net for homeless people, and hundreds will be left out in the cold.

Seleem moved into an apartment two years ago. He has since moved to a handicap accessible unit after losing a leg to diabetes.

A 75 percent meeting requirement is laid out in the consortium's bylaws, and LINK missed that threshold by one meeting.

street. That in turn creates costs for Peninsula cities and counties, he said.

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official that the reason for the denial was simple: LINK had missed one too many of the consortium's monthly meetings.

Those people show up "in indigent care costs at hospitals and costs at our jails," Archer said. "It's cheaper to find a home than to let them fend for themselves on the streets."

Finding acknowledges missing the meetings but she's pleading for leniency.

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Though Finding has pointed to what she sees as other inconsistencies in the policy, she and her supporters say there's a bigger issue at stake.

Finding has also accused Holup, as chair, of violating conflict of interest rules meant to keep the consortium's process from becoming a Adidas Red Hoodies

In late March they learned from the regional group, the Greater Virginia Peninsula Homeless Consortium, that their application for part of a $1.2 million pot of HUD dollars would be denied.

LINK executive director Lynne Finding said her group had been counting on $65,000 as part of a $150,000 grant request to pay shelter staff and to ferry homeless people from church to church.

"I was outraged to learn that the Greater Virginia Peninsula Homelessness Consortium is stripping (LINKs) funding for reasons that appear little more than technicalities," Rev. Andrew C. Millard of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula said in an email Friday.

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"I have joined members of my congregation in writing to those who were part of this decision to ask them to reconsider. Hundreds of our disadvantaged citizens are asking us to remember that they are our neighbors, too."

"I used to live under the bridge at 28th Street," he said. "I stayed with LINK three years, and they looked out for me and found me an apartment."

"It's not about the money, it's about what happens to the people," Finding said. "A large quantity of them are men and single women, and if you're single, you don't qualify for the same (housing) services that families do."

Finding said consortium chair Mary Holup was the bearer of bad news, telling a LINK Adidas Crew Neck Dress

On Jan. 21, the date of the final missed meeting, the shelter operators found themselves in a mini crisis.

Some slack is appropriate, Finding argues, considering the circumstances.

Finding said her organization had to move residents from Tabernacle Baptist Church to Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church ahead of schedule to beat a winter storm that dumped four inches of snow on Newport News roads days later.

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