Mary’s House, a nonprofit organization in Greensboro, North Carolina that provides housing and support services for homeless mothers recovering from substance abuse and their children, has received federal funding since 2005. However, in 2010 and 2011, the state of North Carolina denied Mary’s House from its Emergency Shelter Grants fund. After several years of legal battles, Mary’s House settled an agreement to receive a lump-sum payment of $72,500 from the state.
The Emergency Shelter Grants Program provided by North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) is offered to individuals and families coping with homelessness. Mary’s House had received funding which provided $18,000 a year, which is more than 8.5 percent of the annual budget for the shelter.