This sign hangs on the doors of the Centerpoint 2-1-1 Center.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
After another round of budgets cuts this year, the Centerpoint 2-1-1 Center in Shreveport has been forced to close its doors and phone lines until further notice. The organization lost more than $300,000 dollars in the past 18 months, which led to cutting the staff in half and ultimately the closure.
Centerpoint's Board Treasurer Doyle Adams says most of the funding comes from federal and state grants, "but programs like that have been cut drastically in the last three years. We saw the trend coming, and were looking for other sources of funding but so far have not been successful in honoring those funds."
Another Centerpoint Center in Alexandria will be taking the calls from Shreveport during this closure. Adams says that will help with most of the food and medical services, but people in need of financial aid will likely be most affected.
Adams says he realizes "until further notice" seems like a long time but is confident that they will re-open in 30 to 90 days.
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