Sasha Bruce Youthwork Copes With Funding Cuts Amid Growing Youth Homelessness
From The Huffington Post:
Sasha Bruce Youthwork, which provides overnight shelter, counseling services and prevention programs to runaway and homeless youth, has been hit with more than $1.1 million in District-funding cuts within the past year, despite youth a recent increase in youth homelessness, said its executive director.
According to Deborah Shore, the drastic funding cuts are forcing the organization to limit its services and, in some cases, turn away youth in need of overnight shelter.
“The cuts … were a serious a blow to our core mission,” Shore said in a testimony before the D.C. Council Human Services committee last Wednesday. “We have provided services for 35 years at the Sasha Bruce House in partnership with the city … we [now] are turning young people away in numbers we have never seen before.”
Founded in 1974 as the Washington Streetwork Project, Sasha Bruce Youthwork has grown into one of the District’s largest providers of youth services, serving nearly 15,000 at-risk youth since its creation. However, due to a series of recent funding cuts, Shore said the organization is now turning away roughly three youth daily.
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