10/28/2010 02:33 pm ET Updated 5 days ago

St. Louis Nonprofits Struggling While Federal Grant Hangs In Limbo

In January, nonprofits across St. Louis were promised a federal emergency shelter grant and dutifully began providing housing and other resources to residents in need, including the homeless and domestic violence victims.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the $870,000 in federal money still has yet to be paid out to the nonprofits providing the services.

Months later, the organizations haven't seen a dime of the federal grant -- and their bills continue to pile up.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports,

The delay has caused some nonprofit groups -- already strapped by a heightened demand for services -- to dip into reserves, lean on lines of credit and cut back on items as inexpensive as bus tickets.

Housing department officials have said a paperwork snafu held up the grant money and have promised checks will be passed out soon.

For nonprofits with bills hanging over their heads, relief can't come soon enough.