Lucinda Jones founded Ashland Supportive Housing in January 2010 to provide emergency housing assistance for Hanover residents on the verge of homelessness.
Many clients are families working low-income jobs who live in cramped motel rooms as a last resort.
Because the nonprofit provides rent assistance, it should be eligible for federal grant money, Jones
But the grant money designated for Hanover, she
recently discovered, has been going to large Richmond-based homeless-services organizations.
"They're not out here in Hanover, so how do they get Hanover money?
says that when she
refers almost-homeless Hanover families to Richmond-based organizations, those families often come right back to her
and say no one could help them.
In November, Jones
received more than 60 calls from people in need.
organization, which provides small rental-assistance grants of not more than $250, could help only about a third.
King Horne says there's just not enough money for emergency assistance for people on the verge of homelessness - no matter where they live.
The goal shouldn't be to slice the public-money pie thinly so every nonprofit gets a piece, she
says: "The goal is to serve as many families as you can."
"I agree with that," Jones
The problem, she
says, is that the same nonprofits get the pie every year: "And yet they're not helping people out here."