Local shelters bracing for possibilities of sequester cuts | News
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE)- The spending cuts could reportedly force more than 100,000 formerly homeless Americans back into the streets and close some temporary shelters.
The United Caring Shelter operates on about $550,000 and a quarter of that money, more than $100,000, comes from the government.
The shelter says it can't cut operating costs like water, gas and electric. Which means staff and or meals will take the hit.
The shelter currently serves three meals a day, seven days a week. But officials say they likely won't start trimming at meal time.
Instead, they say, staff reductions will cut costs and they'll be looking for volunteers to take those positions. But those cuts may force those who help the needy, to ask for assistance themselves.
"It's kind of a double edge sword because about right now half of my staff are formerly homeless and I hate to cut those people, put them back in the situation where their probably going to fall back into homelessness because they're not going to be able to run right back out and find a job," Director Kimrod Reising said.
The Evansville Rescue Mission does not receive any federal or state funding, therefore won't have any budget cuts. But with a new facility, they are prepared to help those agencies, like the United Caring Shelter, should they be forced to turn away clients.
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