There is a sense of urgency for us. We found out very late last week that an annual Federal fund source, through FEMA, will not be coming this year. It was literally due any day now, so this was a stunning blow. This is a fund source now called EFSP, and it is a grant for emergency shelters that's provided much-needed funding for our Tent Cities (and a bit for our shelters), for decades. Most recently this was around $30,000 per annum to our organization, but in prior years it was much more.
Apparently King County was deemed ineligible for this much-needed emergency shelter grant source this year because Federal Formulas resulted in their considering King County too wealthy, with too low an unemployment rate, to warrant it (!). This will impact all emergency shelter providers in King County, but is most impactful to SHARE as we received more EFSP funding than other providers since we provide more Bednights of shelter (indoor and outdoor shelter) than any other provider.
Loss of this $30,000, coupled with the Auction being moved to the Spring, means we really do need our supporters to give what they can to SHARE right now.