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Herrin homeless shelter may have to close due to budget cuts


It's stormy weather when it comes to state budgets and the economy.

The national jobless rate remains at 9.1 percent and the demand for help for those in need has risen.

But the money to fund them continues to decrease and that may cause one Heartland homeless shelter to close its doors.

The Family Crisis Center Homeless Shelter in Herrin helps those in need get back on their feet, but cuts in federal and state funding sources will chop the shelter's funding in half.

Director Peggy Russell says that means the facility that's opened up opportunities for so many homeless men, women and children, may soon close its doors.

"We have to have to help now," said Russell. "We have to have people who are willing to donate now to help us get over this crisis and continually donate. (Because) the situation with the government looks bleak at best."

Russell says without support from churches and the community that the shelter will only be able to operate for another six weeks.

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