Financial issues force Kansas Shelter to close doors

The Topeka Capitol Journal reports that after breifly closing once this year due to a lack of funds, a shelter that serves homeless families in 11 southeast Kansas counties is getting ready to close permanently as its state funding declines.

Approximately 350 people a year, most of them children, stay at The Choices Family Emergency Shelter in Pittsburg. The facility ids run by the nonprofit Southeast Kansas Community Action Program and has been relying on grants from the Kansas Housing Resources Corp. to cover an annual shortfall of $190,000.

Shelter operators now plan to close the facility for good on July 15.  The shelter has seven employees, and housed nine families, including 26 children.

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