Government shutdown could cause local domestic violence shelters to lose funding

Government shutdown could cause local domestic violence shelters to lose funding

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - As the government remains shutdown, some programs dealing with domestic violence shelters, could be cut off if the shutdown continues.

The executive director of Ruth’s Cottage, the domestic violence shelter in Tifton, said thanks to the organization’s reserve funding, they are in no immediate danger. We are told that reserve is designated for their new facility.

Even with the shutdown, the building is on track and in the bidding process.

“We’ve not had to pull into any reserves at this point. If we were to need to do that we’d have to monitor that carefully to make sure we don’t over extend into funds that we need for the building,” said the executive director of Ruth’s Cottage Nancy Bryan.

Nancy Bryan. (Source: WALB)
Nancy Bryan. (Source: WALB)

She said if the shutdown were to last another month or so they would have to consider cutting their sexual assault program which is 100 percent funded by federal dollars.

“It sets us back and we’ve been working hard to produce that program for years and it’s brand new,” said Bryan. “So while we’ve been out doing a lot of outreach and encouraging people to call us for sexual assault services we’d hate to turn around and pull that right when we’ve just started.”

She said although they are prepared for the time being, she does not anticipate the shutdown making any immediate impacts to Ruth’s Cottage.

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