Lawrence preparing for homeless shelter cuts

Social service agencies are seeking to help as a homeless shelter in Lawrence prepares to cut the number of people it serves by nearly half.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the Lawrence Community Shelter is preparing to reduce its capacity Friday to 65 people from 125 because of a funding shortfall of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center Homeless Outreach Team is coordinating a campaign with the shelter.

Bert Nash Homeless Outreach Program Manager Mathew Faulk says the first priority is to get as many people as possible into some kind of housing. But he says the program would also like to gather supplies to make living outdoors more comfortable for those who must ultimately resort to that option.

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