Paducah homeless shelter may be forced to close

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Officials say a western Kentucky homeless shelter for women and children may be forced to close.

Paducah Cooperative Ministry, which runs the emergency shelter, said it received notice this month that it couldn't take in new clients and current tenants have to be out by October.

The ministry said it allows clients to live in units it rents from the Paducah Housing Authority.

Housing authority Director Cal Ross told The Paducah Sun ( that due to federal regulations the agency could no longer allow another organization to use its units for a homeless program.

Homeless housing and case manager Candace Melloy says the loss of the program in Paducah could mean referring woman to facilities as far away as Louisville for help.

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