Two battered women’s shelters on the verge of closure received a temporary reprieve on Thursday, after the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry undertook to increase their funding in two months’ time.
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No to Violence, the NGO running the shelters, said after meeting with senior ministry officials that it would keep the shelters open until the end of September, while the ministry will act during this time to obtain more funding from the treasury for their operation.
If the promised money is provided, the shelters will remain open, the NGO said.
Israel’s 14 shelters, which care for 1,500 women and children every year, are in financial straits due to ongoing inadequate state funding. The shelters’ operators asked the Social Affairs Ministry two years ago for more money to enable their continued operation, but in vain.
The shelters have been operated for decades by nonprofit associations under the supervision and funding of the Social Affairs Ministry.