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Tuscaloosa Salvation Army short funding for new shelter

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TUSCALOOSA, AL -

The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa is short $1.5 million to build a new homeless shelter.

According to Captain Pamela Moretz with the Salvation Army, a new shelter would cost $5.4 million to build.

The old shelter on Greensboro Avenue was destroyed in the April 27, 2011 tornado.

This week the Tuscaloosa County Commission denied the Salvation Army's request for $500,000 to help build the shelter. The county attorney, Robert Spence said there is a law that prohibits giving money to private corporations. Spence added, "There is also some additional problems with the religious nature of the program using tax dollars to fund a specific religious organization."

The regional Salvation Army has agreed to contribute $1 million as well as the city of Tuscaloosa committing $500,000 to the project.

If you would like to contribute to the new homeless shelter you can the Tuscaloosa Corps of the Salvation Army at (205) 553-1600.

 

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