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Domestic violence shelters begin to feel impact of government shutdown

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – In Hamilton County, the YWCA runs the only shelter for victims of domestic violence. A large portion of the shelter funding comes from the government. During the shutdown, many shelters and organizations that run shelters got an advance amid the shutdown but that money will soon run out.

“We rely pretty heavily on government funds to offer the services to the individuals in the shelters,” said YWCA of Greater Cincinnati Director of Residential Services, Juwana Hall.

Hall says, thanks to an extension, services won’t be interrupted as long as the government opens back up before March 1.

“We were able to get an email that let us we were extended to March 1st. After March 1st, we have to strategize what type of cuts we are going to have to make, what type of services we are going to be able to provide,” said Hall.

If that happens, it’s the second time in just a few months the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati would be forced to make cuts. At the end of 2018, The United Way cut funding to numerous organizations in the area. The YWCA lost between $3,000 to $4,000 and had to eliminate programs and let seven employees go.

Hall says she and her co-workers are closely watching what’s happening in Washington.

“I think we are all still kind of shocked at what’s going on and how it’s been going, so it’s very difficult,” said Hall.

The YWCA typically helps between 600-640 women, children and some men on average per year.


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