Federal cuts leave shelters for homeless in pinch

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Federal cuts are forcing some Indiana homeless shelters to trim their hours.

Mental Health America in Lafayette and the Lafayette Transitional Housing Center lost a total of $65,000 in federal grants this month.

That's forced Mental Health America to reduce its winter hours from 13½ a day to 10 a day and to shorten its weekend operating hours. Spring and summer hours will see even bigger reductions.

The Journal & Courier reports Lafayette Transitional Housing Center is still weighing its options after losing $44,000 from its budget.

The funding cuts are a sign of shifting priorities in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD has funneled more dollars toward permanent housing programs and away from homeless shelters in recent years.

Information from: Journal and Courier 

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