The president of Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries called for an investigation Thursday into how federal funds for providing emergency shelter are distributed, saying the city’s homeless population is unfairly served by an “unethical” funding process.The issue involves millions of dollars received annually from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development that are distributed among 27 agencies providing help for the homeless in Detroit. This year’s pot totaled $26.9 million.President Chad Audi on Thursday said members of a community-based board that allocates the money have inequitably funneled funds to their own organizations while trimming the amount received by the 105-year-old Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.Audi said the rescue mission is not represented on the board, despite numerous requests for a seat — a contention the board, called the Continuum of Care, denies. According to Audi, the rescue mission cared for 52 percent of 6,719 Detroiters who received emergency shelter last year.“They’re not being transparent on who should get money— it’s more, ‘You get on the board and you get money, if you don’t get on the board, you don’t get money,’ ” Audi said.“We have been asking to get on the board and they say, ‘We don’t have an opening.’ Then… Read full this story
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