City Cascade People’s Center to Close After City Cuts Funding
posted by November 6 at 16:16 PMon
South Lake Union’s Cascade People’s Center (CPC) is finally closing.
The CPC has provided free after school programs, support groups, language classes to immigrant families and services for the homeless in South Lake Union for the last ten years, but will close on December 31st unless the center can secure $75,000 in funding.
CPC almost shut down last year, but the city council gave CPC $100,000 to stay open and develop a financial plan.
CPC Program Director Myla Becker says the center’s been working to raise money but has asked the city council to fund them for an additional year. “Basically we heard, ‘we like what you’re doing,’” Becker says, “but nobody was willing to write a [budget request] for the funding.”
Becker says CPC had planned to hold an auction and fund raising dinner in the next few months, but now it’s unlikely the events will happen if the center isn’t able to come up with additional money by the end of the year.
“The struggle is that ultimately we need two years of [funding] so that we can build the funding capacity for the next two years,” Becker says.
Becker says the center raised almost $60,000 from foundation grants, individual contributors and last year’s auction, which raised about $40,000. The year before, it only brought in $6,000. “The capacity [for fundraising] is there,” Becker says. “We really just need the time.”