By: Michael Hudak | WCTV Eyewitness News
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — State budget cuts are hitting a Tallahassee agency.
Mercy House helps ex-inmates get back on their feet, and are one of 15 transitional housing programs seeing state funding slashes.
They organization is facing a 40 percent budget reduction and will go from 24 beds to just eight.
"Part of what that funding from the Department of Corrections did was, for those individuals who are going to be released back into their communities, they could rely on having a traditional housing program," said Deborah Lloyd, the executive director for Good News Outreach. "Without that money, that successful transition support disappears. Significantly disappears."
In a statement, the Florida DOC says it was forced to cancel and reduce contracts to fund increased inmate health services.