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Domestic violence shelter planned for Seneca County

Only six counties in New York state are without an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and abuse.

Three of them are local ones: Ontario, Seneca and Yates.

That number will go down by one in 2020 when a shelter opens in an undisclosed location in Seneca County, operated by Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes.

“Safe Harbors has received a $300,000 state grant, secured by State Senator Pam Helming, to cover the cost of a shelter in Seneca County,” said Marisa Rubé, executive director of Safe Harbors, based in Geneva. “We are continuing our fundraising, but we are at the point with the state grant where we believe can start construction or rehabilitation in six months and be open in 2020.”

She said whether the shelter will be a new building or rehabilitation of an existing building hasn’t been determined.

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