National newspaper picks up Emmonak shelter story
The New York Times, a national newspaper, on May 23 reported in an article titled “In Remote Alaska, Financing Puts Rare Refuge at Risk” that Emmonak Women’s Shelter is nearly out of money and is likely to close by the end of summer.
The report states that the 34-year-old shelter serves 500 abused women each year from Emmonak and 13 nearby villages.
There are times when the shelter is so crowded that women and children sleep in the playroom, reports The Times.
Potential closure, according to the article, is because in 2005 the state ended financing for many rural services, funds from nearly all sources has dried up. The shelter has applied for a federal grant that may come through in September.
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