Through a combination of slashed funds, less donors and higher costs, some battered womens shelters in Florida have had to turn victims away in recent years. In Alachua County, Peaceful Paths has helped women in the Gainesville area for nearly 40 years. But the organization has felt the effects of budget cuts since the recession began. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Maria Tridas reports how this local shelter has fortunately not had to turn victims away, but has had to rethink how it allocates its funds.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPTridasWRAPdomesticviolencesheltercuts.mp3]
For Floridians without A/C, extreme heat is an emergency even when the power is on. But for vulnerable populations who have broken units or can’t pay the bills, no A/C can be fatal.