Cape May County looks to privatize youth shelter

October 14, 2009 5:24:47 AM PDT
Officials in Cape May County want to turn over the youth shelter to a private firm.

Freeholders on Tuesday voted to solicit bids from private companies to run the center hoping it can be done cheaper than the current $1.1 million annual cost.

The county says the shelter costs more than $3,000 per day to run even though it houses only four to five children per night, on average.

The cost is so high because the shelter has 14 full-time employees and one part-timer.

The 12-bed facility provides temporary housing for children and teens sent there by courts or youth services social workers for reasons from neglect to drug use to homelessness.