Emergency homeless shelter in danger of closing

Craig's Doors is asking for the public's help to keep the emergency shelter open

Craig's Place in Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The emergency homeless shelter in Amherst, Craig’s Place, is in danger of closing.

According to the Craig’s Doors Executive Director Rebekah Wilder, funding used to operate Craig’s Place has been put on hold due to a state budget deficit.

Governor Baker’s administration will decide by December 15th whether to restore that funding.The funding would normally allot $200,000 to Craig’s Place.

If the funding is not restored, Craig’s Place may have to close during what they call “the coldest and most dangerous months of winter.”

Wilder said Craig’s Doors is cutting expenses and looking for alternative funding sources while they wait to hear the status of their funding.

Craig’s Doors is asking for the public’s help to keep the emergency shelter open, whether that be through donating time, money, or material goods.

“Today, we are making an appeal to the Hampshire County community: help us keep our doors open, Wilder said. “Help us in our mission to support those who are at their most vulnerable. Whether you are able to donate time, money, or material goods, your contribution to our shelter directly translates into another day of operation, another day of saving lives. Each day is significant. In order to remain an accessible resource, we need the support of our community. Your partnership is essential to the furthering of our goal to create housing for those in need.”