As if it didn’t have enough problems.
The United Way of Greater New Haven will withhold $63,000 in funding next year from the Dixwell Community House, known as the “Q House.” While the amount is less than 10 percent of the center’s budget, the cut is another strike against an agency with a history of financial woes.
The Q House, at 197 Dixwell Ave., is a community center that provides educational and food services to children and the elderly.
The United Way told the Q House last week it would be dropping the funding because of concerns over the quality of the center’s programs for children and the center’s lack of liability insurance, Q House president and New Haven alderman Willie Greene (D-21) said.
New Haven United Way President Hart Caparulo could not be reached for comment over the weekend.
Greene said the community house currently holds liability insurance but lacked it for three weeks because of funding problems. The center has had financial problems for years, and Greene said he believed only more aggressive fund raising would get the Q House back in the black.
The center planned to use the United Way funds to hire a part-time driver and director, and the cuts should not affect any programs, Greene said.
“What they’ve done is halted us in trying to bring in some support staff,” Greene said.
The only criterion for reinstating the funds, according to Greene, was a demand that the center become “fiscally sound.”
“I’m not going to try to convince them,” Greene said.
While the $63,000 grant will not fund the Q House, it will still be used to help the Dixwell community, United Way spokeswoman Heather Calabrese told the New Haven Register.
“The money is there, but at this point it will not go to the Dixwell Q House,” Calabrese said.
Greene said Q House officials were given only a few days to answer the United Way’s questions about the center’s finances.
“The decision was extremely sudden,” he said. “They never offered us technical assistance or to put us on probationary status.”