Faith-based homeless shelter denied funds gets private money

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) – A faith-based western Pennsylvania homeless shelter that came under fire for its director’s refusal to sign a government contract containing nondiscrimination language has received sufficient funds to avoid reducing its winter services.

The Grace Youth and Family Foundation’s Winter Relief Center says it has raised $20,000 in private donations, putting the facility on track to fully fund itself through the winter.

The organization was to receive $35,000 from the Butler County Department of Human Services, but funding was cut after director Bill Halle balked at the language barring hiring discrimination. He said Jesus is the center of the foundation’s work and the organization “cannot have a Muslim.”

The county human services director says people needing emergency shelter will be referred to the facility but funding will continue to be denied.

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