Government shutdown may soon impact domestic violence shelters

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- The government shutdown has non-profits fearing the worse.

Harmony House Executive Director Lisa Farmer says they currently receive 40 percent of funding through government grants.

"At some point if this continues probably into February, some of our grant funding will be jeopardized," said Farmer

One in particular is a food grant, which feeds out more than 100 meals a day within the shelter. Farmer say's they will receive a reimbursement for January's funding, but anything beyond that will be on hold. However, an even greater concern is with the Victims of Crime Act funding, also known as the VOCA grant. It may be in jeopardy.

"That is our largest source of funding," said Farmer. "I have not yet heard when VOCA will be impacted but at some point it will be."

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