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Protesters urge county to reinstate funding for homeless youth group

January 8th, 2014 - 5:35am

(Port Angeles) Supporters of a non-profit that supports homeless youth and young adults picketed the Clallam County Courthouse yesterday.

They were protesting a cut in state funding, administered by the county, that had gone to the Answer for Youth.

A Clallam County Homelessness Task Force subcommittee recommended TAFY's request for more than 30-thousand dollars out of a state homeless assistance fund be denied. The group cited duplication of services and a shrinking amount of money.

Yesterday's protest came after TAFY supporters testified to county commissioners to add 12-thousand dollars back to the group. TAFY uses the money to pay its rent in a former church in the 700 block of east Second Street in Port Angeles. County commissioners stuck with the previous decision to deny the funding.

TAFY runs its outreach center four days a week, serving early teenagers to those in their mid 30's with food, clothes and help in getting employment or other assistance through local churches and social service agencies.

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