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Iowa Shelters Scrambling Amid State Funding Cut

DES MOINES (AP) - Small domestic abuse shelters throughout the state are scrambling to remain open amid changes by state officials that would mean a loss of funding.

Iowa's attorney general's office notified 12 shelters last week that they will no longer receive state money.  It's part of an effort to more effectively spend the dwindling funding that's available.

The state will devote the money to eight larger shelters, which can deliver more extensive services to victims.

Janelle Melohn, of the attorney general's office, says the changes are needed to more effectively help victims at a time when federal funding passed through the state government has repeatedly dropped.

At shelters like the Dubuque Community Y Domestic Violence Program, director Charla Bulko says the organization wil try to raise the money needed to remain open.

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