FORT WORTH (AP) – Years of state budget cuts have left cities and nonprofit groups to pinch pennies to avoid major lapses in services to the homeless.

The state eliminated a $20 million homeless housing and services program. Also lost are an employment program, street outreach and rental assistance.

The Salvation Army has reduced its case managers from four to one at its Fort Worth emergency center, causing its client assessments to fall from about 1,400 per quarter to fewer than 500.

The remaining case manager, Larry Beasely, tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the situation has made his job a “pretty hectic” one, a “battle between quality and quantity.” He’d like to spend more time really helping a client, “but that limits how many others you can help.”

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