Biloxi city leaders consider restoring funds for non-profits

Biloxi city leaders consider restoring funds for non-profits

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - On Tuesday non-profit charities in Biloxi have a chance to state their case of why they should receive funding from the city.

Joe Gautier helps run Loaves and Fishes community kitchen where more than 5,000 meals are served a month.

"We're feeding the disadvantaged and we could use some help doing it," said Gautier.

It's help that recently hasn't come in the form of money from the City of Biloxi. Before Hurricane Katrina the city handed out more than a million dollars a year to social agencies. Two years ago funding for charities like Loaves and Fishes was cut entirely. Now the city council is exploring ways to bring it back.

"This year the City Council feels like they have a little extra money to share with the social service agencies," said David Nichols, Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer.

The council will meet with non-profit leaders Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. as part of a workshop for funding. Based on what he's heard Gautier is optimistic for the possibilities.

"Mayor Gilich stated that his police department had identified approximately 200 individuals who were homeless," said Gautier. "He went on to say he wanted to better the city for everyone."

Nichols said up to $200,000 could be available for social agencies.

"It's important for us to go out there and help these agencies," said Nichols. "It is very difficult for them to try and figure out how to get private dollars right now."

Nichols added he expects a city council proposal of how to split money for social agencies to be presented by the first week of October.

Loaves and Fishes continues seeking private donations and will hold a fundraiser featuring food and family entertainment. The Fundraiser will take place at the Biloxi Town Green from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on October 10th.

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