As the days wind down until summer break, nonprofit organizations that help the nearly 3,000 homeless children in Charlotte are scrambling.
On Thursday, some of them found out they are getting more funding to help them through the summer. The Salvation Army Center of Hope is getting $40,000.
"(The money will) keep the momentum going, keep them in a learning environment, making sure our kids get an opportunity to have somewhat of a summer vacation like other kids, I'm just excited," said director Deronda Metz.
About 100 children will call the Salvation Army home this summer.
The extra money comes from the Critical Need Response Fund. It was created in December to help nonprofits that have found themselves overburdened because of the economy and the controversy surrounding the United Way. Fundraising was supposed to end in March but was extended through April.
From that fund, Charlotte Emergency Housing received $40,000 for its Rainbow Room Child Care Center. The YMCA received $19,500 for a summer camp program at the Park Road Youth Learning Center. Another nonprofit group will receive $27,670, and will be named over the next few days.
More than $2 million was raised, but Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones said nonprofits will have to consolidate to stay afloat.
"Are there opportunities for merge operations? Are there opportunities for consolidation? That is what we have to do going forward," he said.
Over at the Salvation Army, Metz said that is exactly what they have been doing. She is now working even more closely with churches to find extra funds.
"They are interested in getting to some solutions in homelessness, so we'll continue to work with the faith community. Right now, they already shelter some folks for us," she said.
Since December, $2,694,679 has been raised and given to places like the Salvation Army, but the county is saying the funding shortfall is a long-term problem so everybody has to come together to find solutions.