Some Baltimore-area homeless shelters may have to close and others will lose staff if a threatened cut in their federal funding is approved by Congress, a local advocacy group predicted yesterday.
The House of Representatives has already approved cutting funds for emergency shelter grants by 77 percent nationwide, and the Senate Appropriations Committee endorsed the measure last week. A vote by the full Senate is expected within days.
Proponents say the cuts are meant to free money for counseling, drug treatment and other programs aimed at preventing homelessness. In Baltimore, members of Action for the Homeless said yesterday that they supported that goal -- but that the basic need for shelter must be met first.