Federal cuts leave shelters for homeless in pinch

LAFAYETTE, Ind. - 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 13 1/2 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.

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