Sep 19, 2011
Date Resolved

AU received a complaint that the Klamath Falls Union Gospel Mission — a homeless shelter that receives government funding — required shelter residents to attend daily devotional services in order to receive shelter benefits. We wrote to officials at Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), the agency that administered the grant, and explained that homeless shelters may not require religious activities as a condition of services funded by government money. OHCS responded to our letter by reminding the shelter of constitutional restrictions on the use of government funds and by initiating an investigation to ensure that the shelter does not require religious activities of shelter residents.