Skowhegan youth shelter loses funding, shuts doors

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) - The operator of a Skowhegan shelter that provides emergency housing to homeless children is closing because of steep cuts in state and federal support.

Thomas McAdam, chief executive of Kennebec Behavioral Health, said Thursday that Halcyon House could no longer stay open without jeopardizing the organization's other programs and services.

The 10-bed Halcyon House, which provides services to children ages 10 to 17, stopped taking new residents a week ago. No children are at the shelter now.

McAdam tells the Morning Sentinel children who contact the agency seeking help generally will be referred to a shelter in Lewiston.

He says Halcyon House costs the health agency more than $400,000 a year to operate and was projected to lose $120,000 this fiscal year after losing $80,000 last year.

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