Federal Boost For Las Cruces Shelter

Las Cruces – The Child Crisis Center of Southern New Mexico is receiving $250,000 in federal funds.

Gov. Bill Richardson says the state Children, Youth and Families Department will manage the award.

He says it will allow the state agency to invest in care for children and their families, including services aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect.

CYFD Secretary Bill Dunbar says southern New Mexico has seen deadly child abuse cases in recent years, including several in the last few months.

The child crisis center is working to establish a residential shelter and related services.

The money is aimed at services for children from birth through 5 years old.

It also will support social services for children and families who are experiencing crises such as homelessness, job loss or domestic abuse.

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