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Cuts in state funding for homeless shelters could leave people out on the streets

Four Rochester area groups who help the homeless are now scrambling to figure out their next steps. This comes after they lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in state funding.

“It’s kind of scary,” said Pastor Jon Soza.

Soza works at the Salvation Army of Greater Rochester. When we caught up with him, he and a fellow organizer were stocking up on donated gloves and hats to prepare for the colder weather. But Soza says the organization was not prepared to hear the news.

Last week, organizers at the Salvation Army, the Young Women’s Christian Association of Rochester and Monroe County, Volunteers of America-Rochester, and Spiritus Christi all received notice they would not be receiving grant money for at least the next five years.

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