BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - The Benton County Board of Commissioners approved $400,000 for the My Friends’ Place teen homeless shelter.
This money was given as a part of the public safety sales tax program. My Friends’ Place has to use the money for staffing, but that's a big need they had.
“Anything above and beyond eight kids, we were having to turn away at the door and create a waiting list. Which is really hard to do in this community, in these cold winters. So this is really a wonderful thing and it's going to come in time before the big winters hit and we'll be able to open back up to all the children that need us in the community,” Heather Shindehite of My Friends’ Place said.
My Friends’ Place in Kennewick will now be able to house 16 homeless teens at a time. They provide food, showers, clothes and school supplies to any homeless teen in the community.