PowerHouse Ministries will receive a grant for $40,000 over two years to help keep the lights on at its homeless day shelter in East Wenatchee.

The grant was approved by the Wenatchee City Council, who is in charge of distributing homeless tax funds generated in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee.

Glen DeVries with the City of Wenatchee and the Columbia River Homeless Task Force said the day shelter has had some challenges maintaining funding to keep their doors open.

"It's a location where individuals experiencing homelessness can have rest and access to a variety of services." DeVries said, "This is an important function to be able to stabilize folks during the day who are experiencing homelessness."

The shelter at 1052 Valley Mall Parkway is open four days a week and can maintain up to 50 people at any one time.

PowerHouse will receive $2,000 per month through December of 2023.

DeVries added that the shelter will directly support the implementation of a new Sleep Center in the Wenatchee Valley.