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AGENCY GRANTS UNVEILED\Battered women's shelter to benefit.

Byline: Lee Condon Daily News Staff Writer

The Glendale YWCA received word Monday that it will receive a $17,850 state grant to help pay for its battered women's shelter, a program that costs a half million dollars a year to operate.

Sylvia Hines, the group's executive director, plans to use the money to help pay for portions of the salaries of a Spanish-speaking case worker and the shelter's program coordinator.

"It mobilizes some extra dollars so we can attack a very serious problem," Hines said.

The YWCA was one of 80 agencies statewide to receive $1.5 million in grants through the state Emergency Housing and Assistance Program. The funding, announced Monday by acting housing director Lita G. Flores, helps pay for services local groups provide the homeless.

Valley groups to receive similar grants were Haven Hills Inc. in Canoga Park, $26,250; the Los Angeles Family Housing Corp. in North Hollywood, $25,750; and the San Fernando Valley Friends of Homeless Women and Children, also of North Hollywood, $15,750.

"It's not a large grant, but it's still a very necessary pot of money," said Jeff Farber, director of social services for North Hollywood based-Los Angeles Family Housing Corp.

Each agency received between approximately $15,000 and $26,000.

"For many of these agencies, $26,000 or $15,000 could well be the difference between operating and not operating," said John Frith, a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Community Development. "Many of these organizations work on a shoestring budget."

The agencies in Los Angeles were chosen by a local advisory board, which the state created to make funding recommendations.

"The state recognizes that the best way to resolve homelessness is to move beyond simply providing emergency shelter," Flores said.
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