October 31, 2014
LAS VEGAs (AP) - Officials at a North Las Vegas shelter for homeless and abused women and children say they have to lay off some staff, cut work hours for others and reduce services due to the government shutdown.
The Shade Tree shelter's executive director, Marlene Richter, said Friday that the nonprofit is losing $25,000 a month in federal grants.
The shelter plans to eliminate its 24-hour intake program and accept clients only at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., unless the client is accompanied by police.
Shade Tree officials say they will reduce the amount of snacks they serve by half and cut the Workforce Readiness Program to four days a week.
The organization has more than 350 permanent beds, and is the only shelter in Clark County that's accessible 24 hours a day.
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