Blair County community leaders work to open new domestic abuse shelter

ALTOONA, Pa. - Community leaders in Blair County are working to open a new domestic abuse shelter after the county’s closed at the beginning of February.

The new shelter would be named House of Joy, according to Altoona council woman Christie Jordan.

According to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 300 people used the Blair County shelter for nearly 7,000 nights between 2014 and 2017.

Altoona resident Kimberly Clark said she the community needs to have a shelter available and even stayed in one as a child.

"For some women, that scary is your life, if there's not someplace they can go to feel safe, they're going to be a statistic. We don't need any more statistics. We need families to come together, we need to help each other, and hopefully that shelter will be a part of that,” Clark said.

Jordan said she hopes to see House of Joy ready by the spring. It will be able to house 16 people at a time.

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