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Loss of grant funds impacting youth shelter

A loss of $500,000 in federal youth service grants is impacting the Panhandle Youth shelter in Scottsbluff and CAPWN's transitional living program.

Betsy Roose, CAPWN's youth director, says the $200,000 in reductions for the youth shelter means the staff can't provide traditional free services for parents struggling with a crisis at home. Roose said parents or runaway youth can still get the services if they pay for them, but the shelter has now become more of a placement center for state wards and probation.

Roose said the loss of $200,000 in transitional living funds also means seven apartments that were available for free short term for pregnant, homeless or endangered youth are not being used.

Roose said Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska prepared for the possibility of losing youth service funds, but were still shocked when word came down last fall they were not going to get their normal funding.

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