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Fairbanks homeless youth shelter looks for options after budget veto

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks’ only shelter for homeless youths faces an uncertain future following Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s veto of community assistance grants that provide funding for it and other nonprofit agencies.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that vetoes eliminated a grant that funded more than half The Door's budget.

Marylee Bates, who runs The Door, says the shelter is looking for new ways to raise money.

Since the cuts were announced, she says the shelter has moved to cut costs, including cutting her position from 40 paid hours a week to 20.

She says the shelter would need to seek a waiver from the state to change operational structures.

The shelter is among the entities affected by Dunleavy’s vetoes, which he has defended as an effort to address the Alaska’s budget deficit.

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